‘Heartbroken’ Jos Buttler steps away from cricket and pauses career after T20 World Cup semi-final defeat

Jos Buttler

England white-ball captain Jos Buttler has expressed his disappointment after his team’s defeat against the Indian team in the semi-final of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024. Jos Buttler stated that he wants to take a break from cricket to spend time with his family after being eliminated from the ICC tournament.

The defending champions were outclassed by the Rohit Sharma-led side in the semi-final match in Guyana on Thursday, June 27. The Jos Buttler-led side suffered a 68-run defeat while chasing a target of 172 runs. The English batsmen failed to counter Indian spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel in the match.

They also played well – Jos Buttler

In the post-match press conference, Jos Buttler said that the English bowlers conceded 20-25 runs more than their match-winning performance on the difficult pitch. Buttler admitted that they were disappointed with the result and added that they did not use Moeen Ali more effectively.

“A little of both. I think they played well too. I think we didn’t play well on the power play, there were some difficult situations. But yes, I think, with perspective and reflection, I would have chosen Moeen [Ali] “In the game of course. So, yeah, bits and pieces here and there. Yeah, disappointing. I think India outplayed us. They fully deserved the win. So yeah, I thought they were above average in scoring. I was hoping to restrict them to 145 – 150 probably on that pitch. From there it was always going to be a tough chase.”

India captain Rohit Sharma scored 57 runs off 39 balls while Suryakumar Yadav added 47 runs off 36 balls. The Men in Blue posted a total of 171/7 on a slow pitch. England pacer Chris Jordan took three wickets for 37 runs in his three overs. Jos Buttler used Liam Livingstone ahead of Moeen Ali in the match.

In reply, left-arm spinner Axar Patel set the tone by dismissing Jos Buttler in the third over. Kuldeep Yadav (3/19) and Axar Patel (3/23) took three wickets each as India bowled out England for 103. The win was significant for the Indian team as they avenged their loss in the semi-final of the 2022 T20 World Cup in Adelaide.

Looking forward to some time away from the game – Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler has stated that he wants to take a break from cricket ahead of England’s upcoming series against Australia in September, which consists of three T20Is and five ODIs at home. He stressed the need to stay away from the game, particularly after the emotional impact of the recent defeat.

“To be honest, I’m just looking forward to some time away from the game. I think, as I’m sitting here, emotional after a loss, I don’t need to dive too deep into it right now. I’m just looking forward to some space in the game. game,” Buttler said when asked about his opinion on the captaincy.

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