IPL is the best tournament in the world: Buttler

England batsman Jos Buttler feels the Indian Premier League (IPL) is the best tournament in the world excluding the World Cup. The tournament has helped Buttler grow as a player after rubbing the shoulders with the world’s best players.

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The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was all set to kick-off this year, but the tournament has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, rumours are floating that IPL can take place later this year if the T20 World Cup which was set to take place in Australia gets postponed.

Buttler, who has been part of the Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals believes the tournament has played a huge part in helping him and his countrymen grow as a player. He also labelled the Indian Premier League as the best tournament in the world.

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“There’s no doubt that it (IPL) has helped English cricket grow and the numbers of players who were involved in the last few years. It was something I was desperate to play. For me it’s the best tournament in the world, taking out the World Cups,” Buttler said on a BBC Podcast.

With all the great and experienced players joining and playing together in the tournament, Buttler compared playing in the IPL to that of a ‘fantasy game’. He also mentioned the Royal Challengers Bangalore as an example where three of the most clinical batsmen in the world AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle played together.

“As a kid growing up that is what you want to play — fantasy cricket. Mix all the teams together what it will be like if Kohli and de Villiers play together. Some of the match-ups you get to see in the IPL are great. Bangalore has been amongst the top three teams with (Virat) Kohli, AB (de Villiers) and (Chris) Gayle coming up and then to see them up against a (Jasprit) Bumrah or a Dale Steyn or (Lasith) Malinga,” he concluded. 

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