England skipper Jos Buttler on Sunday (March 28) stated that all-rounder Sam Curran had shades of former India captain MS Dhoni in his gusty unbeaten knock of 95-run which went in useless as a spirited bowling efficiency by India helped the hosts to defeat England by seven runs within the third and remaining ODI.
With the win, India have clinched the three-match sequence 2-1. Virat Kohli-led side won all the series’ in this England’s tour of India. India clinched the four-match Test sequence 3-1 after which went onto win the five-match T20I sequence 3-2.
Curran and Moeen Ali each share the identical dressing room with Dhoni within the Chennai Super Kings squad.
“I’m sure Sam would want to talk to MS about tonight’s innings. I’m sure there were shades of the way that he (MS Dhoni) would have liked to take the game down if he was in that situation. He’s a great person for Sam to have a conversation with when he meets up MS (in the IPL),” Buttler stated in a digital post-match press convention.
“We know what an amazing cricketer, finisher MS Dhoni is. A brilliant learning curve for all our players to share dressing rooms with guys like MS’ stature in the game. I’m very excited for them,” he added.
Talking in regards to the recreation Buttler admitted that England lacked massive partnerships within the center however he lauded Curran and Adil Rashid for placing up an amazing displaying for the guests.
“There was always genuine belief that run-rate was never an issue,” Buttler stated, as England saved constant tabs with a requirement that, whereas Adil Rashid was available to maintain knocking the singles and rotate the strike, not often acquired above seven an over. Adil and Sam performed brilliantly effectively and have been whittling down the rating,” Buttler stated.
“And then it was great for Sam to take ownership, and to take us all the way down to the wire. Anytime a game starts to come within reach, that’s when it starts to get harder. Everyone on the ground started to get a bit tense, and the guys in the dug-out as well, but we’re all very proud of the way Sam played. He showed all the traits that we know he has, an abundance of character, and the skill level he has embodies what we’re about as a team,” he added.
Earlier, India’s batting unit displayed a change of strategy within the third ODI and this ensured that regardless of shedding wickets at common intervals, the hosts posted a complete of 329.
Pant (78), Pandya (64), and Shikhar Dhawan (67) registered 50-plus scores as India set a 330-run goal for the guests. The Virat Kohli-led aspect then restricted England to 322/9 to win the match and the sequence.