It was towards the later half of the IPL 2018 that the England batter was given the opener’s role, and today he stands tall in the coveted spot. Be it for his national team or Rajasthan Royals, the 31-year-old has delivered the goods to become one of the most complete white-ball cricketers in the last few years.
Having piled up 618 runs from 11 games so far, Buttler has now scored the most runs in a single season for the Royals, leaving behind Ajinkya Rahane‘s 560 in 2012. The kind of form the opener is in, he is a threat to Virat Kohli‘s record of most centuries and runs in a single season – in 2016 – when he slammed four tons and accumulated massive 973 from 16 games. It would not be surprising if Buttler gets to his fourth century in this edition of IPL.
Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan’s tweet, ‘Jos Buttler is after Virat Kohli’s record of highest runs in one season. Flawless batting’, aptly conveys in which direction the Englishman is headed. Such reactions were commonplace after his Wankhede exploits, where he lit up the stadium with a 116 off 65 balls against Delhi Capitals on April 22.
Buttler’s journey so far has raised expectations of his team and fans. And it looks like the seasoned batter is enjoying the pressure and responsibility that is coming his way as the senior in-form player.
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When Royals take on battered Capitals at the DY Patil Stadium on Wednesday, the former will have their eyes on grabbing two points to inch closer to the playoff berth. With 14 points from 11 matches, the Sanju Samson-led side is sitting in the third spot while Rishabh Pant‘s outfit is fifth.
Marred by inconsistency and Covid-19 infections in the camp, Capitals have gone into a couple of matches without team meetings and that explains the dire straits they are in. Come the next match, Capitals must be hoping to regroup quickly and find ways to stay alive in the tournament.
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Definitely, Buttler remains the biggest thorn in Delhi’s quest to avoid another loss. His prized scalp will carry even more weight given another in-form batter Shimron Hetmyer‘s absence lower down the order.