England, who went on the West Indies tour, had to face defeat in the first match of the ODI series (WI vs. ENG). Captain Jos Buttler has also faced criticism for the continued poor performance of the England team. Meanwhile, the team’s young player, Rehan Ahmed, defended his butler and called him an amazing captain.
England lost by 4 wickets in the first ODI of the 3-match series played in Antigua on Sunday. Batting first, the English team scored 325, in reply to which the West Indies reached the target in just 48.5 overs with the help of an unbeaten century from its captain Shai Hope.
After England’s defeat, former captain Alastair Cook criticized Jos Buttler’s captaincy. Cook on TNT Sports questioned how Buttler would use his resources against the West Indies and whether he could use Will Jacks’ off-spin in the middle overs to take pressure off the fast bowlers in the death overs. .
According to the Belfast Telegraph, Rehan Ahmed called Buttler a fantastic captain, adding that he stayed in the game until the end of the first ODI. They said,
Jose is an amazing captain. This is their decision alone. We were in a good position until the end. It’s not like there were bad decisions throughout the game. I don’t think you can discount Jacques not bowling. I felt like we were in the game the whole time, even until the end. We can’t perform at the end. Still we stayed in the game until the end.
It can be noted that England captain Jos Buttler used only five top bowlers and did not use other options despite scoring runs. Fast bowler Sam Curran has hit a lot, and he also holds the ignominious record of giving away the most runs in an ODI for England. The second match of this series will be held in Antigua on December 6.