Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has excelled as an One Day cricketer but when Australian captain Tim Paine had to choose the best between MS Dhoni and Jos Buttler, he picked the English batsman as his choice.
Buttler played a key role in whitewashing Australia 5-0 in the ODI series. He played a match changing innings of 110 not out in the last ODI to register a comprehensive victory for England.
“He’s(Buttler) good, he’s very good. Right now, he’d have to be the best white-ball wicket-keeper batsman in the world. “I don’t think there’s too many guys to challenge him. MS Dhoni is pretty good, but at this moment, Jos is at the absolute peak of his powers. He understands his one-day game so well and knows his strengths inside out and just doesn’t go away from him,” said Australian captain and wicket-keeper batsman Tim Paine.
Buttler scored 275 runs in the series with three not-outs including scores of 91*, 54* and 110*, which also fetched him the man of the series award.
Buttler played a crucial role for Rajasthan Royals this IPL season having notched up 548 runs in just 13 matches that ensured the 2008 champions qualified for the playoffs. He was recalled to the test squad which played against Pakistan and missed one league and playoff match for RR. His absence was felt in the team and it eventually failed to win the eliminator against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Paine feels that Australian batsmen can learn from Jos Buttler.
“He’s someone for our batters to watch and see first hand. Those experiences are going to be really good for D’Arcy Short or Travis Head to see him and Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy at their best,” The Tasmanian batsman added.