Jos Buttler reinforced his status as one of the world’s most threatening batters in contemporary cricket with an explosive century on Sunday (May 2).
The England and Rajasthan Royals (RR) aggressive right-hand batsman absolutely dominated his way through in an IPL 2021 fixture in Delhi against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
Jos Buttler produced his maiden IPL hundred after making his debut in the league back in 2016. Buttler arrived into his 65th IPL match with 11 previous 50+ scores and ended the century drought with an innings of immense class and amazing strokeplay against an SRH attack that proved helpless in their effort to stop him.
Only wrist-spinner Rashid Khan was the bowler able to sustain respectable figures through his spell as Buttler drove the RR innings forward from an end. Others, including veteran quick Bhuvneshwar Kumar, simply couldn’t withstand the onslaught and ended with disappointing numbers next to their names.
Jos Buttler blasted his way to 124 runs off just 64 deliveries in an innings featuring 11 fours and 8 sixes. The memorable batting display from the Englishman took his team to a daunting total past the 200-run mark on what was another rare, surprisingly high-scoring track in Delhi.
WATCH – Jos Buttler’s stellar century reinforces his class and pedigree
With his amazing knock, Jos Buttler also underlined the fact that he is at his impactful best while batting at the top of the order, being given a chance to control the entire innings and jeopardise the opposition plans with his array of strokes against spin and pace.
RR have erred previously in tweaking Buttler’s batting position – placing him in the middle-order – and haven’t got the best out of him down that route, denying their most attacking batter the chance to influence matches the way he can as an opener.
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His excellent hundred only enriched Jos Buttler’s already fantastic IPL record: 1,968 runs from 65 matches at a strike-rate of 150.00 while averaging 35.14. In the ongoing tournament, Buttler now boasts of 254 runs from 7 outings at 36.28 per innings with a strike-rate of 153.01.
RR will hope Buttler can continue in this vein for the rest of their campaign as they look to sail through to the playoffs and reclaim the coveted IPL crown.