Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler celebrates after scoring his third ton of IPL 2022. Sportzpics
Jos Buttler of Rajasthan Royals celebrates after scoring a hundred during match 34 of the TATA Indian Premier League 2022 (IPL season 15) between the Delhi Capitals and the Rajasthan Royals held at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on the 22nd April 2022 Photo by Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for IPL

Sanjay Manjrekar, ex-India batter has backed Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) in-form batter Jos Buttler to do well against Gujarat Titans (GT) in the all-important IPL 2022 final. A season of 400-plus runs is considered a good one for a batter and Jos Buttler has doubled it with one match to go.

Jos Buttler started off the IPL 2022 season with three centuries and a couple of fifties but went through a quiet period but lifted his game back in time for knockouts to eliminate Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) single-handedly. If Jos Buttler fires in the final, RR will get a good score or chase down easily if they are batting second.

Sanjay Manjrekar pointed out that Jos Buttler was in tremendous form in the first half of this year’s edition but struggled to find rhythm later in the tournament. However, he showed his class once again with his match-winning knock against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Qualifier 2.

Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics
Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics

Sanjay Manjrekar Is Certain That Rajasthan’s Jos Buttler Will Score Valuable Runs In IPL 2022 Final

The former India batsman opined that GT bowlers must find a way to stop the swashbuckling batter as he has the ability to take the game away by scoring big runs. Sanjay Manjrekar made these remarks ahead of the summit clash.

“I feel Jos Buttler will fire in the final as well. It has been an interesting season for him but he has shown his class. He was in brilliant form in the first seven games and then had a slump in the other half. But he bounced back and singlehandedly won RR the game against RCB. I am a 100 percent sure that he will score big and GT will need to do something to stop him.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler (Credits: Twitter)

Jos Buttler took the RCB bowlers to the cleaners in their crucial IPL 2022 playoffs clash (Qualifier 2). The right-hander, with his unbeaten knock of 106, guided his team to a decisive 7-wicket victory in the knockout fixture.

It is worth mentioning that the opener is currently the leading run-scorer of the season and Orange Cap holder. The dynamic batter has amassed as much as 824 runs from 16 IPL 2022 games, including four stunning centuries-the joint most with Virat Kohli in IPL history. Earlier, Virat Kohli held the record with four centuries to his name in 2016. In the same year, he scored 973 runs, which is the highest by any player in the history of IPL.

Sanjay Manjrekar Wants Rajasthan To Use Prasidh Krishna And Trent Boult In The First 6 Powerplay Overs And Not To Rely On Spin Duo Ravichandran Ashwin And Yuzvendra Chahal

The 56-year-old analyst and commentator further added that RR will not rely on the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin in the final. Yuzvendra Chahal was wicketless and returned with figures of 0/45 against RCB in Qualifier 2 and 0/32 against GT in Qualifier 1.

He highlighted that the wicket in Ahmedabad hasn’t turned much and hence the side will want their seamers to step up. Sanjay Manjrekar suggested that Rajasthan will want Prasidh Krishna and Trent Boult to make the new ball count so that there is less pressure on them in the death overs.

“We had earlier thought that Yuzvendra Chahal and the other spinners would be the game changers for RR. Their death bowling, on the other hand, was a bit of a lottery. But they have found a new formula and can surely make the most of it on this pitch.”

Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal
Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal. Image Credits: Twitter

“They can use Prasidh Krishna and Trent Boult in the first six overs and make sure that they do enough damage to reduce the pressure on death bowlers. They won’t be dependent just on Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal. Moreover, the wicket hasn’t turned much and seamers will be their best bet.”

RR and GT will lock horns in the highly anticipated IPL 2022 final on Sunday, May 29. The contest will take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad and is scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM IST.