Former England cricketer Darren Gough detailed his recent chat with the new white-ball captain Jos Buttler. According to Buttler, India can play three distinct teams in the ICC T20 World Cup, and one of them could win the championship. He is impressed by India’s depth at the position. He wants the England team to have comparable strength.
Every game India plays will be extremely important since the T20 World Cup, which is three months away, will be the focus of everyone’s attention. The three-match T20I series against England, which starts today, is where the preparation process begins.
“I was with Jos Buttler yesterday, the new captain of England’s white-ball team and he was saying, that India can play three different teams at this year’s T20 World Cup and any one of them could probably win it. So that is what his belief is about how strong Indian cricket is. But he also said the same thing about England, that ‘we could field about 2 teams that would be as strong as each other and compete against anybody else in the world’,” Gough told Cricket.com.
“There is going to be some mad cricket. I think if they play to their potential, batting will dominate, especially in the first T20I when India are resting a few players. We are going to see some unbelievable cricket, I feel. This is a big series. The World Cup is just around the corner. England need to start well with a new coach and captain. India are strong but England will be keen to win a double,” Gough added.
India will play England in a three-game T20I series after suffering a devastating loss to the hosts in the fifth and final Test match. The squad will be missing Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and Rishabh Pant because they were rested for the team’s inaugural game following COVID-19, although Rohit Sharma is back in the captain’s role.