In a time when many players vie for a single spot in team, England don't hesitate to play two wicketkeeper-batsmen in Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow. It is Buttler's extraordinary batting skills that made his team afford an extra batsman with keeping gloves. In a short span of time, Somerset-born Buttler has become the most prominent T20 player in the history of England cricket. In 2014, he thrice scored then fastest ODI centuries by an England batsman. His thrilling knocks came against Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Pakistan at Lord's, Edgbaston and Dubai respectively. Buttler debuted in T20Is in August 2011, against India at Manchester, while his first ODI match came against England at Colombo in October 2018. He had to wait for his maiden Test, which he played against India at Southampton in July 2014.read more
Buttler first conjured a 60-run opening stand with skipper Ajinkya Rahane (37 off 21 balls, 6x 4; 1x6) to lay the foundation and then added 87 runs for the second wicket with Sanju Samson (31 off 26 balls; 2x4, 1x6).
Having begun the day at 198-7 in their first innings after being contained by India's bowlers on Friday, England scored far more freely as Buttler — not for the first time in the series — rescued his team from a perilous position. England's tailenders once again frustrated India's attacking unit to make a remarkable comeback in the dead rubber. Earlier on Day 1, Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali scored their respective fifties as well.