With one inning remaining in the IPL 2022, Joss Buttler has scored 824 runs at a strike rate of 151, but he came into the season with “very low expectations.” He said this after his bruising, unbeaten 60-ball 106 on Friday, which propelled Rajasthan Royals to their second IPL final.
Buttler told host broadcaster Star Sports, “I came into the season with very low expectations, but a lot of energy and excitement for the tournament.” “To still be here now, and to have had such a great season with such a great team, and to get us into the final, is incredibly exciting.”
Buttler entered the playoffs without a half-century in over three weeks in what has been a season of two halves for him. During this time, he had three single-digit scores and a high of 30. He was “distracted” by this. The more he tried to suppress the pressure created by his dip, the worse it got. This is when “honest conversations” with those around him saved him.
Sangakkara, who has had a front-row seat to Buttler’s T20 exploits for the past three seasons, was effusive in his praise. Buttler’s attacking intent, according to Sangakkara, is just one aspect of his game; his ability to limit certain shots in certain situations, while remaining intuitive to the team’s needs, distinguishes him.
Buttler was a member of the Mumbai Indians’ winning squad in 2017, when they defeated Rising Pune Supergiant in a last-ball thriller. Buttler has been with the Royals since 2018, and the team kept him ahead of this year’s mega auction in a massive show of faith. He is thrilled at the prospect of winning their first championship since 2008.