England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler is still provoked to take revenge from India, who defeated them in the ICC Champions Trophy final in 2013.
“I played in it the last time it was here too when we just missed out in the final, so I want to go one better this year,” Buttler, who was dismissed for a duck in the final, told ecb.co.uk on Thursday.
Under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, India routed England by five runs in a reduced-over match at Edgbaston. This time again England are gearing up to host the mini World Cup, starting 1st June.
“It’s a huge summer for English cricket; it’s great to have the Champions Trophy on home soil. We have enjoyed playing in our own conditions over the last couple of years. There’s no room for slip-ups but we are confident in ourselves and that is our focus,” Buttler added.
England will start their Champions Trophy campaign on 1st June, facing underdogs Bangladesh. Besides the Asian Tigers, New Zealand and Australia are also grouped with England.
Despite the twinge of defeat, the Somerset-born batsman didn’t shy to hail the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) that helped him gain a strong momentum.
“There’s lots of competition for places in all departments – batting, bowling and keeping. I feel in good touch. It was nice to go to the IPL, to be in a completely different environment. I feel confident; I’ve been seeing the ball well and hitting it well, so I’m excited about the summer,” the 26-year-old added.
Playing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2017, Buttler scored 272 runs in 10 matches, with a highest knock of 77 runs.