Jos Buttler, the Rajasthan Royals wicketkeeper-batsman, has come out and stated after RR's another loss in the Indian Premier League 2018 season that he and Ben Stokes have been the biggest disappointments for Rajasthan this year.
Buttler said that the England duo has failed to live up to the expectations that were there prior to the season and should've played better in RR's loss by 11 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Buttler was quoted saying after the game that, “It just comes down to individuals. We haven’t quite performed in the middle as we would have liked,”
“I and Ben Stokes really expected ourselves to come in and play that(matchwinner's) role. That was probably the biggest shame for us in the last game, I haven’t given an account of myself that I should have. And that’s disappointing. A lot of it comes down to individual accountability.”
Buttler has always come across as a very good man but his criticism of himself and Stokes is right. Rajasthan was expecting the duo to stand up for them instead Stokes, has scores of 5, 16, 27, 14, 45, 40 and 0 while Buttler is yet to cross 30.
Buttler further said, “We haven’t quite played to our potential. We have got a second half of the tournament to try and amend that. Fielding is a huge part of the game and we have been guilty of missing chances. That’s definitely an area where we need to improve on, get ourselves up on the table and be more consistent,”