Jos Buttler opens up about races and rivalry with Booking.com
England cricketer star Jos Buttler warmed up for the upcoming 2021 ICC T20 Men’s World Cup with one final indoor batting challenge at home.
The 2019 England ICC ODI Cricket World Cup winner, who holds the third highest race score, in a T20 international cricket race, was trying to break his own record of 32, as he threw his partnership with Booking.com. The all-time record of 36 points per point in T20 is held by Yuvraj Singh of India and Kieron Pollard of the West Indies.
Booking.com is the official accommodation reservation partner for the tournament which runs from October 17 to November 14. Booking.com’s partnership with the 2021 ICC T20 Men’s World Cup is part of the travel brand’s five-year global strategic partnership with the International Cricket Council, in which Booking.com is the exclusive accommodation booking partner for all ICC events.
It is also part of the brand’s premium sports sponsorship portfolio, which includes the UEFA EURO 2020 ™, hosted earlier this year, as well as the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 and the Women’s World Cup. ‘ICC in 2022.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 partnership is built on the philosophy that when rivals come together, they bring out the best in each other. This applies to both players competing for glory and fans beyond the border.
England are currently the number one team in the ICC T20 standings, and Buttler is looking forward to taking on the best T20 teams in the world.
Jos Buttler, England Limited vice-captain and Booking.com ambassador for the 2021 ICC T20 Men’s World Cup, said: “We’ve worked really hard over the past few years to get to this position, we’ve had some really good series wins and built a lot of confidence as a team. I think it comes down to brilliant individuals coming together as a team.
“T20 cricket is about having match winners by your side, and I think we have quite a few of them, both with the bat and with the ball, which has allowed us to win a lot of cricket matches, to reach the number one ranked team in the world.
On the prospect of playing his biggest rivals, Buttler added:
“I think rivalries bring out the best in people because it suddenly takes on a little more personal meaning, or something personal between the two teams. I think it keeps you focused a lot more and adds that extra level of determination and gives you a little more energy when you need it in tough times.
“I would say the main rivals for the T20 World Cup are probably India. I think India is still an incredibly strong team. They have fantastic batsmen like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kholi, and real wicket takers like Jasprit Bumrah with the ball. So I would see them as the main threat.
“I can’t wait to play against Australia. Everyone knows the history between England and Australia, this is a game that you are really looking for and want to be a part of, and we will be desperate to try and put on a good performance and win this game.
Arjan Dijk, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Booking.com, said: “We are delighted to see the world starting to open up again for travel and sporting events like the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman.
“While the Covid-19 restrictions still mean that traveling for the event may not be an option for many cricket fans this year, there is still a great sense of anticipation ahead of this event. I’m sure we’ll see a bit of siege matches as cricket’s biggest rivals go head-to-head and bring out the best in each other.
“We are extremely proud to have England vice-captain Jos Buttler as Booking.com’s global ambassador for the 2021 ICC T20 Men’s World Cup and we wish him good luck in the tournament.”
England face the West Indies in their Super 12 group opener on 23 October. They will then face the Group B finalists on October 27, followed by Australia on October 30, the Group A winners on November 1 and South Africa on November 6.
The tournament’s semi-finals will take place from November 10-11, with the final in Dubai on Sunday November 17.