England vice-captain and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler believes it was their destiny as a team to be crowned as the World Champions. The English team savoured success for the first time in the World Cup history as they bettered New Zealand on the basis of boundary count. It was a nail-biting final which went down to the wire.
Meanwhile, England has been ruthless in the last four years. They were the overwhelming favourites to win the World Cup and they were able to go all the way. On the other hand, it was a total heartbreak for New Zealand who was so close but yet so far from their maiden World Cup title.
I was scared – Jos Buttler.
Jos Buttler said that he might have lost the motivation to pick up the bat again if his team had ended on the wrong side of the result.
“What was scaring me was if we lost, I didn’t know how I’d play cricket again. This was such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a World Cup final at Lord’s. It felt like destiny and I was thinking: ‘If it doesn’t happen, I will have no motivation to pick up a cricket bat for a very long time,’” Buttler said during an interaction with Daily Mail.
The swashbuckling batsman was also able to play his part in the final. In fact, Buttler wasn’t in the best of forms throughout the tournament. However, the right-hander was able to deliver the goods when it mattered the most in the World Cup. Buttler had scored a fine knock of 59 runs and had added 110 runs alliance with Ben Stokes.
On the other hand, Buttler said he felt sorry for the Kiwis as well.
“I did feel sorry for the New Zealanders but at the same time, I was so happy that wasn’t us. It was written in the stars. It was destiny for us as a team. I talked to Moeen about this: he said we were meant to struggle. It wasn’t meant to be easy before the India game. We talked about how enjoyable it would be when you have to struggle for it and fight for it. We had played in lots of series where we have blasted big scores and dominated in that way, and that is enjoyable, but to come through adversity and hardship feels even more special. That gives you so much faith that good things can happen.”
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