Jos Buttler, 8 runs required off 3 balls, Dwayne Bravo running in….A slower ball outside off stump and Buttler has slogged the ball over midwicket for SIX!
2 required off 2 balls and the Englishman yet again guides Rajasthan Royals to victory.
For those of you have been following the IPL this season would be lying if you told me that you have no idea who Jos Buttler is. Buttler has been a revelation for Rajasthan this season, his reputation for being a fierce striker of the cricket ball has been enhanced, even more, considering he’s an English player who has not only been effective in home conditions but has also proved his mettle in the sub-continent. Now, who is Jos Buttler? How much do we really know about him? Not much I’m guessing.
Joseph Charles Buttler was born in Taunton a town in Somerset, England where he played most of his Domestic Cricket before he was walking down the pitch and smashing every world class bowler over their heads. He made his T20 International debut against India at home in September 2011, Buttler played as a specialist batsman but didn’t get a chance to bat as England won the match by 6 wickets. Fast forward to the year 2012, to a T20 international against South Africa at the Edgbaston cricket ground, he joined Craig Keiswetter in the middle with 16 balls to go and England struggling at 64/3 with 16 balls to go in the first innings, scoring 32 off 10 balls taking England to a respectable 118 target including a scoring 30 runs out of a 32 run Wayne Parnell over. It was safe to say Buttler had officially arrived at the International level.
Now let’s get more specific and talk about the IPL, Buttler plied his trade at Mumbai Indians for 2 years (2016- 2017) before being released ahead of this year’s mega-auction. Buttler was picked up by Rajasthan Royals for INR 4.4 Crore which seems like an absolute steal considering RR paid 11.50 crore and 12.50 crore for Jayadev Unadkat and Ben Stokes respectively who have been below average.
Rajasthan blew hot and cold at the start of the season, dug a pretty deep hole for themselves 6 points from their first 9 games, with 5 games to go and RR struggling with problems in their batting order and still not having a settled playing XI into the back end of the tournament was very worrisome. But 3 consecutive victories and the Englishman has been the protagonist in all three, with scores of 82, 94 and 95*.
RR is now placed at 5th place level on points with KKR and Kings XI Punjab at 12 apiece but lacks a healthy net run rate compared to their direct competitors. As long as Buttler continues his rich form for the remaining two fixtures against KKR and RCB, RR is very much in contention to pick up one of the two playoff spots.
Till then let’s sit back and enjoy Buttler work his magic!