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England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has admitted that he is eager to learn from Australia captain Steve Smith when they play alongside each other for the Rajasthan Royals in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).
“I had a fantastic couple of years with Mumbai but I am now excited about the challenge with Rajasthan,” Buttler wrote in his column for Sky Sports. “It will be great to play alongside Ben Stokes, while any time you get to play in the IPL it is a fantastic experience.
“Steve Smith will captain the Royals and it will be really interesting to play in the same side as him and see him up close. I learn by watching people up close, I did that a lot with Mumbai, and seeing how guys train and prepare is fascinating to me.
“That work away from the cameras is where you get an insight into players’ mindsets and how they approach the game. I’ll definitely be looking to pick Steve’s brains a bit.”
The 27-year-old attributes a lot of his success to the IPL as it has given him the opportunity to play with and against a number of world-class players.
“Playing in the IPL has helped me stay calm in pressure situations and deal with the expectation, the big crowds and the razzmatazz – it’s all about maintaining your thought process and performance amid the chaos and external factors,” he wrote. “You can then call on that experience going into different environments and different games.”