England’s star cricketer Jos Buttler, who is preparing for the Ashes series, is taking inspiration from aggressive wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant’s “utterly fearless” attitude during the Indian team’s last tour of Australia. In the last two Tests in Sydney and Brisbane, the 24-year-old Pant’s two splendid knocks helped the injury-ridden India win the Test series after coming back from the trail.
Butler wrote in his column in the ‘Daily Telegraph’, ‘Last winter when they (India) won there, I had the pleasure of watching a player play in Test matches in Australia, which was Rishabh Pant. I like the way he can switch his game between the defense and attacking aspects. Totally fearless attitude. Any wicketkeeper who likes to be more positive can look up to Rishabh. His mindset and commitment to his game plan, whether he is playing aggressively or defensively.
During India’s 2-1 win over Australia, Pant had scored 274 runs in five innings at an average of 68.50. Butler has arrived for the Ashes along with other members of the England team. After two weeks of regular isolation, he will start preparations for the five-Test series starting December 8 in Brisbane.
Butler, known for his aggressive batting, said adjusting to the conditions during the practice session would be important as he plays Test cricket for the first time in Australia. He said, ‘I have played ODI and T20 cricket in Australia but have not played any red ball cricket. So it is important to try to understand the conditions in the nets and in practice matches during preparation and decide which shots to play, how much seam the ball will do and adjust to the conditions.