England stand-in skipper and wicketkeeper-batsman, Jos Buttler, has confirmed that he will join the Rajasthan Royals’ camp on Monday – just a day after the final ODI. With the T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in India this year, he feels the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), starting from April 9, would be the “most important” one.
Speaking at a virtual press-conference, ahead of the third and final ODI here in Pune, Jos Buttler said: “To an extent, this year’s IPL will be most important. I have played a number of IPLs, have gotten used to the conditions having played a lot of cricket here. We also had one T20 World Cup in India as well in 2016.”
“Playing in probably one of the biggest T20 competitions in the world with the best players before the World Cup would be brilliant preparation for a World Cup. So excited to play in IPL, it’s naturally a good time to have an IPL,” he added.
Further speaking on the preparations of IPL, which will be played behind closed doors, Buttler stated that there is a ‘downtime’ between the final ODI tomorrow and the Royals’ first IPL game which is on April 12 against the re-branded Punjab Kings.
“There are challenges about the bubble life and those kinds of things, it is about managing those things. IPL is a huge tournament and really excited to play in that. It gives you a lot of energy just the thought about playing in this tournament,” he said.
Meanwhile, the first match of IPL 2021 will be played between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The final, on the other hand, will be played at the newly inaugurated Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on May 30