Rajasthan Royals' English player Jos Buttler has revealed how he learnt a lot by watching Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni in IPL
Bengaluru: England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has heaped praise on the Indian Premier League (IPL) and said he learnt a lot by watching his “big idol” MS Dhoni during the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament.
The 29-year-old Buttler, who ran out New Zealand's Martin Guptill in the Super Over of the epic final of the ICC World Cup 2019 at Lord’s last year, said IPL helped him and his English teammates to deal with playing under pressure.
“MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings captain) has always been a big idol of mine and chaos is always going around him, people wanting a bit of him, the cricket and the noise,” Buttler told in an interview to Lancashire Cricket’s website.
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He added, “It is such a great lesson to just watch him and see first-hand on how to manage all that things if you have to perform at the top level and perform in those crunch moments, that certainly has been one of the massive pluses. And also the learnings, my first coach in IPL was Ricky Ponting.”
Buttler, who plays for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the IPL, explained about the pressure in the league and the crowds at stadiums.
“It was one of pressures you have to learn, especially in India, as an oversees player, you are one of the four in the team and you know the other four who are not playing are also world class players. So you are under pressure to perform. So that's been a great learning curve. One of the things I came out with from the first IPL is to just learn to deal with the chaos,” he said.
The 13th edition of the IPL has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus (COVDI-19) pandemic. India is under a lockdown until May 17.
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Last Updated May 5, 2020, 6:08 PM IST