“I would love to see him play T20 cricket” – Jos Buttler on Sir Vivian Richard

England’s devastating batsman Jos Buttler is currently playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2022. He has scored 491 runs in seven innings this season with three centuries and two half-centuries.

His first ton came against Mumbai Indians and the second was against Kolkata Knight Riders. His latest ton came against Delhi Capitals on Friday and Buttler’s performance has helped Rajasthan post big scores on the board consistently.

The England wicketkeeper-batter has named two players, one each from the past and current era, as his dream opening partners in a conversation with ESPNcricinfo a few days ago.

West Indies’ Sir Vivian Richard was the dream opener of the past era and Indian captain Rohit Sharma was the dream opener of the present era.

Buttler said he would love to see Sir Vivian Richard play the Twenty20 format. Sir Vivian Richard was a member of the West Indies national team from 1974 to 1991. Richard was also named one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century in 2000.

“From the past, it would be Vivian Richards. I would love to see him play T20 cricket. From the current, Rohit Sharma,” Buttler said 

Sir Vivian Richard represented the national team in 121 Tests and 187 ODIs, scoring 8540 Test runs and 6721 ODI runs. In his outstanding international cricket career, he has scored 35 international centuries and 90 half-centuries.

Butler’s modern-day dream opener Rohit Sharma made his international debut in 2007. Since then he has played in 45 international Tests, 230 ODIs, and 125 Twenty20 Internationals. He has 3137 Test runs, 9283 ODI runs, and 3313 T20I runs. He has scored 41 international centuries and 44 half-centuries.

When asked who is the bowler, Buttler finds tough to face in the powerplay,

 “Rashid Khan. He has got my number at the minute.” he said

Buttler picked his innings against Mumbai Indians in 2018 as his best IPL knock so far.

“My best IPL innings was against Mumbai Indians in 2018 when I got 93, I think,” said Buttler.

In the opening seven matches, Buttler recorded scores of 35, 100, 70, 13, 54, 103 and 116 for the Rajasthan Royals.

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