As Rajasthan Royals are ready to play their first match of IPL 2021 on Monday against the Punjab Kings, their swashbuckling keeper-batsman, Jos Buttler, says that he is eyeing the record of most sixes in an IPL innings this season.
Currently, that record has been held by the ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle, who smashed 17 maximums against the now-defunct Pune Warriors in 2013, playing for his former team, Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium; the left-hander made 175* in that innings, which is still a record in the IPL.
Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Jos Buttler was asked several questions regarding the IPL 2021. One of which was “Which IPL record would you like to break?”
“Most sixes in a match,” Jos Buttler beamingly said.
But for breaking Jos Buttler, he has to up the ante significantly while batting, though, there is no doubt about his prowess as a power- or six-hitter. The right-hander has hit 7 sixes at most in an IPL innings when he scored 89 runs off 73 balls against Chennai Super Kings in 2019.
Since Jos Buttler is likely to open for the Royals this season – Eoin Morgan revealed earlier that Buttler and Ben Stokes will open for Rajasthan – and they play 10 matches combined at the Wankhede, Eden, and Chinnaswamy, the Englishman has a decent chance to achieve the record he wishes for.
Looking forward to playing against CSK: Jos Buttler
The 30-year-old said that he is most looking to play against the Chennai Super Kings. Jos Buttler takes a liking to MS Dhoni’s bowling attack – he has scored 216 runs in 5 matches against the Yellow Army at an average of 72.00 and a strike rate of 152.11. RR play CSK at the Wankhede on April 19th.
The Taunton-born added that “variety” is the strength of the Royals. While the inaugural champions will miss Jofra Archer – at least for the first 4 games – as the speedster is ruled out due to an injury, however, they have to spend big money at the auction on Chris Morris (INR 16.25 crore) to add strength to a weak pace bowling attack, beefed up by Mustafizur Rahman as well.
The Royals will be led by Sanju Samson for the first time in the IPL; the Kerala batsman replaced Steve Smith after the Royals finished at the bottom of the table last year. They have plenty of all-rounders and good spin options; finding their best eleven, and the position of those players will be a challenge for Samson and management.