IPL 2022: Shane Warne was the first “royal”; Jos Buttler is the ‘reigning royal’, says Sanjay Manjrekar | Cricket News



AHMEDABAD: Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar believes legendary Shane Warne was the first ‘royal’, Jos Buttler is the ‘reigning royal’ after the charismatic England cricketer broke 106 unbeaten 60 balls to guide the Rajasthan Royals to their second IPL final.
Riding a superb Buttler century – his first in a pursuit this season – the Sanju Samson-led Royals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in Qualifying 2 by seven wickets on May 27 to set up a title clash with the Gujarat Titans later Sunday.
Buttler’s incredible form this season has seen him score 824 points so far with an average of nearly 59 and a strike rate of 151.47. He has also recorded four centuries and an equal number of half-tons this season, making him the best run-getter of IPL 2022.
Buttler – ranked third on the IPL’s all-time single-season goalscorer list – is just 25 points away from second-placed David Warner. The Aussie had 848 runs for SRH in 2016. While Warner’s scores are well within reach for Buttler when RR take on GT in the final on Sunday, reaching Virat Kohli’s all-time high of 973 runs in a season (2016) c is a bit of a stretch considering the England cricketer will need to score 150 runs to pass the Indian veteran.
Praising Buttler, Manjrekar said on Espncricinfo’s T20 Time: playing a slightly responsible round, and it was this kind of round (vs RCB in Qualifier 2) where I tweeted after a long time saying where you play merit the ball that kind of inning and he has a 106 on just 60 balls.
“I just spotted a shot against (Josh) Hazlewood where he kind of played that kind of T20 shot. (But) Everyone else was expecting the ball to be loose by his standards, so the margin of error for bowlers was minimal.
“That (Mohd) Siraj took the hit or, you know, Shahbaz Ahmed, just as he was in his slot, (Buttler) hit it for a six. So the approach was ‘Okay, I’m going to fetch loose balls” and he ended up playing this kind of round. So you can have that approach, you can have that attitude, but ultimately you have to have those skills and that ability, and we’re blessed to have seen that kind of run. Shane Warne was the first “royal”; this is the ‘reigning royal’,” Manjrekar concluded.
Warne had led the Rajasthan Royals to their first victory in IPL 2008.


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