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Jos Buttler talks runs and rivalry with Booking.com

Jos Buttler talks runs and rivalry with Booking.com
Jos Buttler talks runs and rivalry with Booking.com

England cricket star Jos Buttler has been warming up for the forthcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 with a final indoor batting challenge on home soil.

The England ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2019 winner, who holds the third highest run score, in an over of international T20 cricket, was trying to beat his own record of 32, as he launched his partnership with Booking.com. The all-time record of 36 runs-per-over in T20, is held by Yuvraj Singh of India and Kieron Pollard of the West Indies.

Booking.com is the official accommodation booking partner of the tournament which takes place from 17 October – 14 November.Booking.com’s partnership with the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 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’s also part of the brand’s premium sports sponsorship portfolio, which includes UEFA EURO 2020™, held earlier this year, plus UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 and the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2022.

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 partnership is underpinned by the philosophy that when rivals get together,they bring out the best in each other. This applies to both the players competing for glory and the fans beyond the boundary.

England are currently the number one team in the ICC T20 rankings, and Buttler is looking forward to going head-to-head with the best T20 teams in the world.

England limited-over vice-captain and Booking.com ambassador for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, Jos Buttler said: “We’ve worked really hard over the last 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 that comes down to some brilliant individuals coming together as a team.

“T20 cricket is about having match winners in your side, and I think we’ve got a number of those, both with the bat and with the ball, which has allowed us to win a lot of cricket matches, to get to the number one ranked team in the world.”

On the prospect of playing his biggest rivals, Buttler added:

“I think that rivalries bring out the best in people because it suddenly takes on a bit more of a personal meaning, or something personal between the two teams. I feel that that focuses you a lot more and adds that extra level of determination and gives you a bit more energy when you need it in the tough moments.

“I’d say the main rivals for the T20 World Cup are probably India. I think India are always an incredibly strong team. They’ve got some fantastic batsmen like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kholi, and some real wicket takers, like Jasprit Bumrah, with the ball. So I’d see them as the main threat.

“I’m really looking forward to playing against Australia. Everyone knows the history between England and Australia, it’s a game that you’re really looking out for and one you want to be a part of, and we’ll be desperate to try and put in a good performance and win that match.”

Arjan Dijk, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Booking.com, said: “We are so excited to see that the world is starting to open up again for both travel and sporting events like the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE and Oman.

“Though Covid-19 restrictions still mean that travel to 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 some edge of the seat 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 limited-overs vice-captain Jos Buttler as Booking.com’s global ambassador for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and wish him the best of luck for the tournament.”

England will face the West Indies in their first Super 12 Group match on 23 October. They will then play Group B runners up on 27 October, followed by Australia on 30 October, the winners of Group A on 1 November and South Africa on 6 November.

The semi-finals of the tournament will take place on 10 – 11 November, with the final in Dubai on Sunday 17 November.