Piyush Chawla
Piyush Chawla (Image Credit: Twitter)

Piyush Chawla has said Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) opener and current Orange Cap holder in IPL 2022, Jos Buttler, will introduce a major yet not unrealistic test to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Wankhade Stadium on Monday.

Buttler has scored runs in mass this season. In nine matches, he has 566 runs to his name, including three centuries and three fifties at an average strike rate of 70.75 and 155.07, respectively. He right now drives the Orange Cap race by 115 runs regardless of playing one match less than second-put KL Rahul.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler. (Photo: IPL)

KKR Should Come Prepared On How To Get Jos Buttler Out Within First 10 Balls: Piyush Chawla

The Knight Riders, as well, have the direct insight of this blitzkrieg, with the Englishman’s second hundred, a smashing 61-ball 103, coming against them at the Brabourne Stadium prior in the season.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler. Image: BCCI/IPL

In any case, Piyush Chawla feels that the two-time champions have some control over him this time. The leg-spinner believes his former team should exploit Buttler’s inclination to take as much time as is needed toward the beginning, a stage where he’s likewise looked the weakest throughout the season. He told ESPNcricinfo:

“It’s a big challenge because of the way he has batted in this tournament. Even yesterday (Saturday) he took his time.

“He isn’t looking too worried because he knows that if he bats till the 10th, 12th, or 15th over, his strike rate will be around 160, and will score crucial runs for the team.

“So if you have to get around that, the first 12-15 balls where he takes his time – because even if a batter is in this good form, it takes at least 10 balls for him to get set – are very crucial. KKR should come prepared on how to get him out in those 10 balls.”

The wicket-keeper batter has been dismissed facing under 15 balls just two times this season. In the wide range of various matches, he has shown tolerance and sometimes rode his karma to endure the new-ball spells prior to getting into constant going after mode.

The last match against Mumbai Indians (MI), where he showed more limitation than expected with a thump of 67 (52), has been the main special case for this example.

It Is Going To Be A Battle Between Umesh Yadav And Jos Buttler: Piyush Chawla

Piyush Chawla additionally conceived a “great fight” between Knight Riders pacer Umesh Yadav, the second-most noteworthy wicket-taker (seven) in the powerplay this season, and Buttler. He said Umesh is high in certainty and his group would anticipate that he should take advantage of the Royals’ opener’s shortcoming against nip-backers. Chawla explained:

“The kind of bowler Umesh Yadav is, he gets the ball to swing, bowls with the pace with the new ball and in good areas. His confidence is quite high as well. And the way Wankhade’s pitch is playing, there’s help for pacers with the new ball.

“So, this could be a good battle. So if Umesh gets 2-3 overs with the new ball, which he usually does, they’ll want him to come prepared with the incoming delivery which is Buttler’s weakness.”

Umesh Yadav (Image Credits: Twitter)
Umesh Yadav (Image Credits: Twitter)

Buttler and Umesh have confronted each other three times in the IPL, with the English going solid and scoring 45 runs at a strike rate of 160.71. Their most recent fight will start off at 7:30 pm IST on Monday.

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