As the series between England and Australia came to a close this week and India A began its tri-series in England versus the hosts and the Windies team, there were a few standout performances from our Royals. Let us take a quick look as to how they have fared in the week gone by:
Jos Butler Caps off a Sensational Series Win
Jos Butler has always been considered to be as someone with immense potential. Over the years he had shown glimpses of just what he could do with the bat and behind the stumps. However, consistency had been an issue. This year, that problem seems to have been taken care of. He hit a rich vein of form and provided immense entertainment to the Royals fans. Since going back, he has carried on his fine form. Last week he perhaps played the innings of his life at Old Trafford, which has now put him firmly among the best finishers in the white ball versions of the game. He is synonymous with destructive hitting, but on this occasion, he displayed calmness and composure which one associates with some of the best in the business.
In the fifth and final ODI against Australia, the hosts were reeling at 114-8, chasing a score of 206. He stitched together a fine partnership with tail-ender Adil Rashid who scored a patient 20 of 47 balls. He exhibited tremendous maturity throughout the chase. He ended up scoring more than half of the team’s score. An innings of 110 not out, when none of his teammates was able to conjure a score of more than 20 shows just how difficult a task it was to pull off a sensational win.
Opposition captain Tim Paine was full of praises for Jos Buttler, claiming him to be among the finest ODI and T20s in the game at this present moment in time. Let us hope he continues his form and reaches new heights.
Maiden Appearance for Krishnappa Gowtham
Krishnappa Gowtham’s excellent performances earned him an India-A call-up. The Royals spinner got his first opportunity in the first match of the series. However, it was in the second match against the England Lions that Gowtham made his presence felt. He picked up the crucial wicket of England Lions’ captain Steven Mullaney. Mullaney was well set and was looking to build a big innings. Gowtham deceived him to get him out caught by Krunal Pandya. This was a major milestone for the youngster as the pitch did not offer much to the spinners. His scalp helped the Indian A team get a well-deserved victory of 102 runs over the hosts. We hope that Krishnappa builds on this and produces more match winning spells for his team.
In the coming weeks, we will track the latest exploits of our Royals around the world. Here is hoping that we have many such exemplary performances from our favourite Royals. Halla Bol!