Rajasthan Royals’ opener Jos Buttler finally hit the top gear on Sunday as his maiden T20 hundred flattened SunRisers Hyderabad in Delhi. Jos Buttler’s hundred had long been awaited, having accumulated a couple of forty-plus scores in IPL 2021 before that. The right-handed batsman admitted that the Royals have been consistent and hopes that his century drives them further to great things.
Rashid Khan delivered the perfect start for the SunRisers Hyderabad by removing Yashasvi Jaiswal in the third over by bouncing back after conceding three boundaries. Nevertheless, Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson punished the opposition for dropping them and threaded a 150-run stand. Buttler reached three figures in 56 balls, shortly after Samson fell for 48 and departed for 124, hitting eight sixes and 11 fours. David Miller hammered a last-ball six to lift the Royals to 220.
SunRisers Hyderabad offered promise through their 57-run opening stand by Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey. However, wickets kept tumbling without any momentum as Rajasthan’s bowling unit kept chipping away. Kane Williamson followed Vijay Shankar’s footsteps by holing out to deep mid-wicket to Chris Morris. Mohammad Nabi, Abdul Samad, and Kedar Jadhav hit a few maximums; nevertheless, it proved to be a bridge too far. They eventually fell short by 55 runs.
The more balls you face you can capitalise in the end: Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler revealed that having not been in perfect touch, he recognized that the best way to go about is to bide some time. The Lancashire keeper-batsman kept belief that things would click in a small ground as he goes on to face deliveries. Buttler wishes to keep giving consistent performances and hopes for his hundred to lift his team further as he feels they have not been at their best.
“I think sometimes you have to swallow your ego when you’re not in perfect touch. You have to give yourself time and find your way. I tried to stay in and keep the belief that something will click. It’s a small ground. The more balls you face you can capitalise in the end. That’s been the theme of the IPL – players who are consistent have shown us. I pride myself on my performance for the team. We haven’t played our best cricket, hopefully for myself and the team we can kick on in the back half of the tournament,” the 30-year old told in the post-match presentation.