Jos Buttler praises Sam Curran’s ‘amazing’ effort in series-decisive ODI defeat to India

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Jos Buttler praises Sam Curran’s ‘amazing’ effort with heroic England star coming close to rearguard glory after hitting unbeaten 95 in series-decisive ODI defeat to India

Jos Buttler paid tribute to a ‘great’ attempt by Sam Curran, when England’s attempt to win their first one-day series in India since 1984 ended in painful failure.

Curran hit an unbeaten 95 with a heroic rearguard action as England fell eight times behind their 330 goal to win the decisive third one-day international.

And Buttler, acting as England captain in the absence of the injured Eoin Morgan, insisted that Curran and his players would be better for the experience, even as India added the one-day series to both their Test and Twenty20 triumphs.

Jos Buttler praised Sam Curran after his unbeaten 95 saw England fall short against India

Jos Buttler praised Sam Curran after his unbeaten 95 saw England fall short against India

“We’re all very proud of the way Sam played,” Buttler said. He showed all the strengths we know he has in abundance – that character and skill level. And he embodies what we stand for as a team.

“It was great for him to take control of the chase and do most of the attack. It’s important to remember that he’s only 22 and the scope of where he can play his game is huge. Our boys will leave better cricketers for their lessons here. ‘

Curran, who has never made a century in any form of professional cricket, hit a gloomy figure after getting so close to number 8 to pull off one of the great chases from the depths of England of 200 for seven.

Buttler (center), replacing Eoin Morgan, praised Curran's rearguard action as 'great'

Buttler (center), replacing Eoin Morgan, praised Curran's rearguard action as 'great'

Buttler (center), replacing Eoin Morgan, praised Curran’s rearguard action as ‘great’

“I haven’t done anything like that in a while, especially for England, but we didn’t win the game,” said younger brother Curran.

“It’s a huge learning curve for me and I’ve gained a lot of confidence from this series, but I was disappointed in the end.”

The decisive win gave India a 2-1 one-day series win after their 3-1 Test triumph and a 3-2 success in the Twenty20 series as England were left empty-handed after a demanding nearly two-month tour that went into bio spent. -sure to call in Ahmedabad and Pune.

Curran was visibly gloomy after getting close to an unlikely chase in England

Curran was visibly gloomy after getting close to an unlikely chase in England

Curran was visibly gloomy after getting close to an unlikely chase in England

And it was one announced by Indian Captain Virat Kohli, who was an animated and sometimes confrontational presence in all formats throughout the voyage.

“This is especially sweet and enjoyable because we’ve won every series,” said Kohli. “It’s been a great season and a great way to end it.

England will not throw in the towel at any stage. Sam played well, but we kept taking wickets to put just enough pressure on them. ‘

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