It was around the second half of the IPL 2018 that the England striker was given the role of fly-half, and today he stands tall in the coveted spot. Whether for his national team or the Rajasthan Royals, the 31-year-old has delivered the goods to become one of the most complete white-ball cricketers of recent years.
After racking up 618 points in 11 games so far, Buttler has now scored the most points in a single season for the Royals, leaving behind Ajinkya Rahane’s 560 in 2012. opener, he is a threat to Virat Kohli. record for most centuries and runs in a single season – in 2016 – when he slammed four tons and racked up a whopping 973 in 16 games. It wouldn’t be surprising if Buttler reached its fourth century in this edition of IPL.
Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan’s tweet, ‘Jos Buttler is after Virat Kohli’s record for highest runs in a season. Flawless batting’, aptly indicates in which direction the Englishman is heading. Such reactions were commonplace after his exploits at Wankhede, where he lit up the stadium with a 116 from 65 against the Delhi Capitals on April 22.
Buttler’s journey so far has raised expectations among his team and his fans. And it seems the seasoned hitter enjoys the pressure and responsibility that comes with being an in-form senior player.
Give it your all on the pitch 💪🏻#YehHaiNayiDilli | #IPL2022#TATAIPL | #IPL | #DelhiCapitals | @davidwarner31 |… https://t.co/0Q2lkubRZG
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) 1652200200000
When the Royals take on the beaten Capitals at DY Patil Stadium on Wednesday, the former will be aiming to grab two points to close in on the playoff spot. With 14 points from 11 matches, the team led by Sanju Samson are in third place while Rishabh Pant’s side are fifth.
Marked by inconsistencies and Covid-19 infections in camp, the Capitals have played a few games without team meetings and that explains the desperate situation they find themselves in. Next game, the Capitals should hope to regroup quickly and find ways to stay alive in the tournament.
🔙 at work. 👊💗#RoyalFamily | #HallaBol https://t.co/ZI4Mn3mySH
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) 1652075295000
Certainly, Buttler remains the biggest thorn in Delhi’s quest to avoid another defeat. His precious scalp will carry even more weight given the absence of another in-form hitter, Shimron Hetmyer, lower in the order.
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