Rajasthan Royals will be without the services of their talismanic wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler when they lock horns with the Chennai Super Kings in their tournament opener on Tuesday, September 22.
Buttler, who has traveled to the United Arab Emirates with his family, will be in the midst of his six-day quarantine when Rajasthan Royals open their campaign against CSK. The swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman confirmed the news via a video posted by RR official Instagram handle.
”I’m unfortunately going to miss the first match for Rajasthan because I’m going to be doing my quarantine period. I’m here with my family, it’s great that the Royals have allowed me to have my family over, so it will be a huge help,” Buttler said.
Buttler’s absence means that Rajasthan Royals will be without the services of two of their marquee players in their first game, with all-rounder Ben Stokes unavailable for selection due to personal reasons. Buttler, however, hoped that the all-rounder will make a comeback to the tournament at some point this season.
“Hopefully. Ben is taking some family time at the moment. Everyone’s wishes are with him and everyone’s thoughts are with him. Hopefully we’ll have him here in pink at some point.” he added.
‘Very happy to bat anywhere’- Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler has been a vital cog in Rajasthan Royals set-up in the past two years. Having started opening the batting in 2018, Buttler smacked 548 runs from 13 games during that season, which also included five consecutive 50s, and followed it up with another good outing last year, where he scored 311 runs in 8 games.
When asked about his favorite position to bat, Jos Buttler said he loves opening the innings in T20 cricket but he would be happy to bat anywhere his captain and coach ask him to.
“Hopefully at the top, I like opening the batting in T20 but of course very happy to bat anywhere the captain and coach want me to,” he said.
Meanwhile, with Jos Buttler not playing the first game, Rajasthan Royals could go in with the likes of Robin Uthappa or Manan Vohra at the top alongside rookie Yashasvi Jaiswal.