T20 World Cup: Reaping rewards of a long journey with few changes over the years, says Jos Buttler

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Mon, 14/11/2022
T20 World Cup: Reaping rewards of a long journey with few changes over the years, says Jos Buttler
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Jos Buttler, who led England to their second Men's T20 World Cup victory in his first big competition as captain, attributed the triumph to the team reaping the benefits of a difficult road that included significant adjustments over the years.

Eoin Morgan's home victory in the 2019 ODI World Cup marked the pinnacle of England's white-ball renaissance, which began in 2015. But with Buttler now successfully carrying that legacy after a five-wicket victory over Pakistan at the MCG on Sunday, that has now evolved into utter control.

With the victory, England becomes the first team in men's international cricket history to simultaneously hold the 50-over and 20-over World Cups and is now indisputably the best white-ball team in the world.

"I'm simply incredibly happy of everyone here for being able to win the T20 World Cup. We are now experiencing the benefits of a long journey that included some modifications throughout the years. The competition was excellent. After the Ireland game, this seemed far away, but we showed incredible character in subsequent games that we had to win, "At the post-game awards ceremony, Buttler stated.

Sam Curran (3/12), who chose to bowl first in cloudy conditions, was impressive early and in the death overs, and Adil Rashid (2/22) was astounding in the middle overs. England's meticulous planning and tactics, particularly in the second half of the innings, meant they never let Pakistan get away at any stage and restricted them to a low score.

England lost three wickets during the chase, including the skipper Buttler, during the power play. Ben Stokes, however, displayed composure and poise in keeping with his gritty demeanour to slam an unbeaten 52 off 49 balls—also his first T20I fifty—to help England cross the finish line with an over remaining.

"We were able to get off to a fast start that controlled the run rate, and we also batted deeply. It wasn't easy at all, but it got off to a good start that kept the run rate under check, and Ben Stokes was there for the finish."

"He is the ultimate rival. He has a tonne of experience to draw from in everything he does, and he timed the momentum he and Moeen had taken away from Pakistan perfectly."

"Adil's performance for us and in the previous three games was excellent. He is the person we always turn to when we want things to happen. They bowled at a good pace, which was not at all easy, and there was some movement when you struck the appropriate length "said the right-hander in detail.

Matthew Mott, who took over as white-ball coach in June this year after seven years in charge of making Australia's women's team a dominant force, can now add England's T20 World Cup victory to his impressive coaching resume.

Mott has now won his second major championship with the England Men's squad by winning the T20 World Cup. Earlier this year, he led Australia to victory in the Women's ODI World Cup in New Zealand. It's interesting to note that Mott served as the squad's head coach in 2020 at the MCG, where Australia's women's side won the Women's T20 World Cup.

"He's adapted really well, and we have many Australians with us. He has done a great job of leading the coaching staff, giving the players a lot of freedom, and letting us go out and trust ourselves "Finally, Buttler.

Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, praised his team's tenacity after losing Shaheen Shah Afridi to knee problems in the 16th over.

"Congratulation to the England squad; we really appreciated the outpouring of support. Amazing how the team has performed over the past four games."

"I instructed the boys to engage in their natural game in peace. Even though we were 20 runs short, our battle to the very last over was incredible. Despite the fact that our bowling is among the best, Shaheen's injury prevented us from getting the desired outcome."