Jos Buttler, who is Rajasthan Royals’ wicket-keeper, has shared the dressing room with many prominent cricketers but reckons that England and Rajasthan Royals teammate Ben Stokes is the most talented player that he has come across. Jos Buttler even referred Ben Stokes as ‘superhuman’ who gives everything for the cause of the team.
Ben Stokes missed a few matches of Rajasthan Royals in this season after arriving in UAE only a couple of weeks ago to take part in the IPL 2020. He remained in quarantine as per guidelines after arriving late for which he missed initial matches. He spent time with his ailing father in his hometown New Zealand.
Jos Buttler: ‘Superhuman’ Ben Stokes Is Pretty Talented
The England all-rounder is an important member of Rajasthan Royals whose management decided to test him while opening the batting and is one of the main players for them along with captain Steve Smith and opener wicket-keeper Jos Buttler.
He has played only two matches in IPL 2020. He scored 5 against SunRisers Hyderabad after serving mandatory quarantine period but looked in good touch against Delhi Capitals by scoring 41 off 35 balls including 4 boundaries.
Rajasthan Royals could not chase down the 162-run target against Delhi Capitals and were restricted to 148 for 8 despite Ben Stokes top scoring with 41.
“Probably say Ben Stokes… He has been a superhuman for us in English cricket. He tends to do some freaky stuff on the cricket field, he’s pretty talented,” said Jos Buttler in YouTube show called Royals Rapid Fire.
Rajasthan Royals have won 3 and lost 5 matches and have only 6 points like SunRisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings but are placed below them as they are 7th in terms of net run rate.
Jos Buttler: Last Few Games Haven’t Gone Down Well For Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals won against CSK by 16 runs and bottom-placed KXIP by 4 wickets while successfully chasing 224. They lost 4 successive matches against KKR, RCB, MI and DC but beat SRH by 5 wickets before losing to Delhi Capitals yet again.
“The last few games obviously haven’t gone down too well for us but still in the early part of the competition and it’s such a long competition the IPL that you’re going to win some and you’re going to lose some games.”
“It’s all about peaking at the right time and we’ve got the confidence from the first two games of scoring big first innings runs and also in the second game where we chased down a big total. So, I’m sure everyone will take confidence from that and hopefully, we can turn it around in the coming matches,” Stokes said.
In their next match, Rajasthan Royals will face Royal Challengers Bangalore on 17th October at 3:30 pm. RCB had beaten them in the 1st leg by eight wickets while chasing 155. Virat Kohli returned to form in that match by scoring an unbeaten 72 and will look to repeat his act while Rajasthan Royals will be bolstered by the addition of Ben Stokes.
Ben Stokes had a great season in 2017 for now-defunct team Rising Pune Supergiant but failed to repeat his performances in both the 2018 and 2019 after being one of the costliest buys for Rajasthan Royals in 2018 auctions where they bought him for Rs. 12.5 crores.
He scored 316 runs and picked 12 wickets in 2017 but scored less than 200 and picked less than 10 wickets in each of the following two years.