England batsman Jos Buttler believes he can reach Virat Kohli’s level as he prepares for the World Cup.
The English batsman is no doubt dominant in the shorter format. He has an average of 40.80, 3,387 runs and seven centuries.
England is one of the favourites to win the World Cup, mainly for their host nation status and top batting lineup.
Despite Buttler being one of England’s best players, his record is nowhere near that of Kohli.
The India captain has racked up 41 ODI centuries and averages nearly 60 in ODIs.
Over the last three years alone, Kohli has been a cut above the rest. In 2016, he scored 739 runs in 10 matches at an average of 92.37.
He followed this with 1,460 runs in 26 matches at an average of 76.84 in 2017, and 1,202 runs in 14 matches at an average of 133.55 in 2018.
In this World Cup year he has been in great form, having racked up 611 runs including three centuries.
Given this record, it seems quite far-fetched for the English wicketkeeper-batsman to believe he can reach those heights.
‘I know I can go to another level,’ Jos Buttler was quoted saying on dailymail.co.uk.
‘Why couldn’t you just stay at peak level?
‘Someone like Kohli scores a hundred every game, he doesn’t settle for: “Ah, that was ok, I’ll peak at some point.”
‘Just do it every day. That’s the sort of mindset I’ve been wanting to hit.’