Jos Buttler broke all-time record, created history by defeating Pakistani star

Jos Buttler broke all-time record, created history by defeating Pakistani star

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England captain Jos Buttler put his side's T20 World Cup 2024 campaign back on track with a win against the West Indies on Wednesday. England, whose campaign was fading away due to some poor results and rain-affected encounters in the group stage of the tournament, were at their best once again against England. During England's win, captain Buttler surpassed Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan as the highest run-scorer 'designated wicketkeeper batsman' in T20I history. Buttler scored 25 runs off 22 balls in the match and took his tally of runs in T20 international cricket to 2,967. He averages 37.55 in the format, while his strike-rate is 146.30.

On the other hand, Mohammad Rizwan has scored 2,952 runs as a wicketkeeper. No other player in the world has scored more than 2,500 runs as a wicketkeeper.

While Phillip Salt and Jonny Bairstow earned praise for their impressive, unbeaten knocks in the match against the West Indies, Buttler praised the veteran spinner for his economical bowling.

Most of the bowlers gave away runs at an economy rate of over eight with Rashid giving away runs at an economy rate of just 5.20.

In his four-over spell, Rashid gave away just 21 runs and picked up the prized wicket of dangerous power-hitter Andre Russell.

“He has been doing well as always. He is our most important player. He has a lot of variations and he restricts the runs,” Buttler said after the match.

West Indies suffered two setbacks by dismissing Buttler and Moeen Ali. Bairstow and Salt reduced the team's nervousness with their composure and out-of-the-box shots.

After Salt raised his bat and reached fifty, he went on a frenzy, smashing 30 runs in Romario Shepherd's over to completely ruin West Indies' chances of winning the match.

Their unbeaten 97-run partnership took the match away from the West Indies and brought England one step closer to victory.

“The Bairstow-Salt partnership was great. Jonny took the game deep and Salty broke it in that one over. Jonny batted at No. 4 today, has been a class player for a really long time. You keep backing class players. Unbelievable, mature, senior player's innings. People say you learn when you lose, but you also learn when you win. It's important to get it over with and focus now,” Buttler said.

With ANI inputs

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