Former England captain Michael Vaughan acclaimed Rajasthan Royals opener and compatriot Jos Buttler, calling him the best T20 player in the world, after his sensational knock on Monday. The match between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) marked the completion of 15 years of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
The memorable day was led by Rajasthan Royals batter Jos Buttler with his special performance against KKR in the first innings. The Englishman scored 103 off 61 balls comprising nine boundaries and five sixes to power his side to a mammoth score of 217 for five.
Buttler showed respect to KKR spinner Sunil Narine and negated his spell with ease but took a toll on other bowlers in the en-route to his second hundred this season. Buttler clobbered Umesh Yadav, punched Varun Chakravarthy with a straight bat, opened the face of his bat against Shivam Mavi and thumped Pat Cummins’ full toss over the fence to reach the three-figure mark.
Jos Buttler is the best T20 player in the World
Buttler is leading the scoring charts of IPL 2022 with 375 runs in six innings striking at 156.9 with two half-centuries and as many centuries. Vaughan called him the best T20 player across the globe.
“Best T20 player in the world @josbuttler #Fact,” the former England skipper wrote on his official Twitter handle.
KKR suffered a shocker in the first ball of their chase with Sunil Narine getting run out by Shimron Hetmyer’s impressive direct hit from the cover. Finch along with skipper Shreyas Iyer rebuild KKR’s innings to set the platform for the chase with a stand of 107 between the two iconic players. Finch holed out to Karun Nair at third man off Prasidh Krishna’s bowling in the ninth over.
After Aaron Finch’s dismissal, Rajasthan Royals turned the shape of the match as from 107/1 at one stage, the Knight Riders slipped to 180/8 at the end of the 17th over. Courtesy- Yuzvendra Chahal’s 5/40, which included an exceptional hat-trick.
Buttler was retained by Rajasthan Royals ahead of the IPL 2022 auction alongside skipper Sanju Samson and youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal. Buttler scored 100 in 68 balls against Mumbai Indians, his innings was laced with 11 fours and five sixes.