Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid throughout their partnership towards Sri Lanka in Taunton on 26 Might 1999. (Julian Herbert/ALLSPORT/Getty Photos)
LONDON: England’s swashbuckling batsman Jos Buttler says Indian greats Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly‘s large lots of within the 1999 World Cup match towards Sri Lanka had an “unbelievable influence” on him.
The duo of Ganguly and Dravid had stitched collectively a mammoth partnership of 318 runs for the second wicket to arrange a simple victory for India.
That was lengthy earlier than the T20 revolution took the sport by storm however, on that day in Taunton, sixes and fours rained down from the blades of the 2 Indian batsmen, one thing the harmful Buttler usually does today.
“These had been my adolescence and watching that sport with Ganguly and Dravid scoring large lots of had an unbelievable influence,” Buttler instructed Cricbuzz.
He was stunned by the large Indian presence within the crowd for a match in England.
“India versus Sri Lanka in 1999 World Cup was my first expertise of seeing Indian crowds and that ignites the fireplace of how passionate persons are concerning the sport and the way cool it will be to play in a World Cup,” added Buttler.
Buttler appeared in good kind for Rajasthan Royals within the now-suspended IPL-14, together with scoring a scintillating 64-ball 124 towards Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Thought of one in every of England’s best restricted overs batsman, Buttler was instrumental in guiding them to the 2019 World Cup victory at house, and is anticipated to play an important function within the upcoming T20 World Cup.