first_imgJos Buttler is a treat to watch when is in full swing. He is a clean-hitter, he runs fast between the wickets and he can pick gaps with the precision of a surgeon. (Mumbai Indians star Jos Buttler reacts after 37-ball 77: Was desperate to kick-on)Besides, Buttler is a soft-spoken man, always wears a polite smile and generally comes across as an affable guy on the field because he is not known to needle opponents and seems like the kind of guy who is happy to just turn up on the field, destroy bowling attacks and walk back a happy man. (Stats: Hashim Amla, Jos Buttler and Nitish Rana highlight 600th IPL match)Buttler could not have been more different from Virender Sehwag, who never shied away from giving it back to the opposition if they chose to sledge him; Viru was never short of a witty word here and a clever line there. Plain and simple: you never messed with Sehwag on the field – he would retort with his tongue AND bat. (This match reminded me of the 195 we chased vs Rajasthan in 2014: Rohit Sharma)However, Buttle, calm and subdued as a person, has wisely decided to follow Sehwag’s mantra for success: see ball, hit ball.The 26-year-old Englishman had been entrusted the role of opening the innings for Mumbai Indians but he had come a cropper – managing only 108 runs in five matches before running into Kings XI Punjab, where Sehwag is now mentor. (Also read: It was nice to get some runs, says modest Hashim Amla after 60-ball 104*)advertisementFaced with a steep chase of 198, Buttler finally found form and hammered 77 off 37 balls, striking at over 200. Mumbai stormed home with 27 balls to spare. That was the kind of innings and the sort of chase Sehwag would be proud of. How often has he done that for India over the years! (Amla’s 104* one of the best knocks we would ever see, says Rohit Sharma)Buttler, like Sehwag, does not make things complicated. The Indian legend batted to express himself and that’s what the young Englishman has done everytime he has walked out to the field.That whirlwind knock against KXIP should not surprise anyone. Buttler likes to bat like a man possessed and when faced with huge chases, he likes to bring out his natural game. Shades of Sehwag.”It was very close actually to my natural way of batting. It is nice actually when the opposition scores big; (then) you know you have only one way to take the game on,” Buttler told”(On Thursday) From the outset I was really looking to play my shots and kick on so that’s a very natural way of batting – see ball, hit ball.”Mumbai have now won five successive games, thanks largely to their young, uncapped stars Nitish Rana and Krunal Pandya. Hardik has delivered with both bat and ball as has Jasprit Bumrah.But it is the runs from Buttler’s bats at the top and Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard down the order that will allow MI to maintain their sensational run in the tournament. Buttler could not have adopted Sehwag’s philosophy at a better time.last_img read more