English batsman Jos Buttler was the hero of Friday’s (11 May) Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 encounter against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), as he single-handedly guided Rajasthan Royals (RR) to a much-needed four-wicket win at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
On Friday, Buttler hammered his fourth consecutive half-century of the IPL 2018, hitting unbeaten 95 off 60 balls, in which he smacked 11 boundaries and 2 sixes to help Royals to beat high-flying CSK at home to keep their hopes alive in the tournament with 10 points.
Buttler, who has been in terrific form with the willow so far this IPL, has received praise from his skipper Ajinkya Rahane for his heroics against the “dangerous” side in Jaipur. Rahane is also highly impressed with the way Jos handled the spinners was outstanding.
As per reports in Indian Express, Rahane said at post-match press conference, “Buttler’s consistent batting at the top is magnificent. As I always mention, this format is always about giving your best every day. KG’s knock was crucial. I was nervous, but sometimes you have to control your emotions as a captain and we all had a feeling that Buttler will take us through. The way he handled the spinners was too good. He’s learning a lot, spending time with the experienced players and Warnie.”
He also lauded his all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham, who scored 13 off 4 balls, though he didn’t pick a single CSK wicket but bowled really well. Rahane wants to go positively against the Mumbai Indian when they will play them in their next IPL 2018 match on 13 May at Wankhede Stadium.
The skipper added, “Not easy bowling in the powerplay (talking about Gowtham). It’s all about taking one game at a time right now. Now going to Mumbai, we all know how dangerous a side they are.”
Rahane also thanked Rajasthan government for supporting their Cancer Out campaign, saying, “Would like to thank Rajasthan Royals and Rajasthan government for supporting this initiative with cancer patients.”
Meanwhile, Buttler, who adjudged Man of the match for his efforts with the bat, looks satisfied with his innings against the CSK.
He signed off by saying, “It’s always special to be not out in the end. As we’ve seen, the wicket plays really well in the first six. Just trying to capitalize on that. Couldn’t quite get it away, had quite a bit of luck. The relatively big ground here too so can take twos. Special to perform with my family here. We’ve kept ourselves in the competition.”