Buttler signs for Mumbai Indians in the IPL
Lancashire wicket keeper Jos Buttler will make his Indian Premier League debut with Mumbai Indians after being snapped up by the champions in the auction in Bangalore over the weekend.
The wicketkeeper-batsman will get the chance to test himself against the world’s best, and in the pressure-cooker environment of the IPL, after Mumbai fended off interest from two-time winners Kolkata Knight Riders.
Buttler will be joined at the tournament by England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan who was already contracted to Sunrisers Hyderabad, while Kent wicket keeper Sam Billings was also picked up by Delhi Daredevils in the second phase of bidding.
Buttler offered a timely reminder of his hard-hitting talents on the eve of the auction after crashing a 73-ball century in the opening match of the one-day international series against South Africa in Bloemfontein.
Buttler was given the all-clear by the England and Wales Cricket Board and Lancashire County Cricket Club to nominate for the auction and get the chance to play in arguably the world’s premier Twenty20 competition.
And the interest in him was immediate as the Indians put in an offer at his base price before engaging in a bidding war with the Knight Riders.
Mumbai coach and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting was intent on getting his man, however, and there were handshakes all around the Indians’ bidding table when Buttler was confirmed as their man for £385,000.