Jos Buttler Confident He Can Reach India Captain Virat Kohli's Level
Virat Kohli is a once-in-a-lifetime talent and averages nearly 60 in ODIs. He has scored 18 hundreds since the start of 2016 alone.
Jos Buttler feels he can reach the same level as Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli averages nearly 60 in ODIs and has 41 centuries to his name
Jos Buttler has just seven hundreds in 126 ODIs
Not many would disagree that Virat Kohli is the best batsman in the world currently and one of the best ever to grace the game. The India captain continues to reach new heights and seems to be a man on a mission to break all batting records that exist. It would come as no surprise that players around the world want to emulate the Indian skipper and Jos Buttler is no different. The England wicketkeeper-batsman is confident that he is capable of reaching the level of Virat Kohli.
"I know I can go to another level," Jos Buttler was quoted as saying by dailymail.co.uk.
"Why couldn't you just stay at peak level? Someone like Kohli scores a hundred every game, he doesn't settle for: "Ah, that was ok, I'll peak at some point." Just do it every day. That's the sort of mindset I've been wanting to hit," said the Englishman.
However, it will be easier said than done for Buttler with Kohli on a level of his own. The India captain has already amassed 41 ODI centuries and averages nearly 60 in the 50-over format of the game.
In the past few years, Virat Kohli has been head and shoulders above the rest. In 2016, Virat Kohli scored 739 runs in 10 matches at an average of 92.37. He followed it up with 1,460 runs in 26 matches at an average of 76.84 in the year 2017.
While in 2018, the Indian skipper hit new heights by amassing 1,202 runs in 14 matches at an average of 133.55.
The Indian skipper has already hit three centuries in 2019, having played 11 ODIs and scored a total of 611 runs.
In the last three years, since the start of 2017, Virat Kohli has a whopping 15 ODI hundreds to his name and that too in just 51 matches.
Jos Buttler has played a total of 126 ODIs in which he has managed to reach the three-figure mark just seven times. However, the right-hander's destructive powers were clear to see in last year's IPL.
The Englishman scored 548 runs in just 13 matches at an average of 54.80 and a strike-rate of 155.24.