Jos Buttler, England wicketkeeper-batsman, batted as an opener for his franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR). However, he could not manage to score many runs. With the arrival of Ben Stokes, RR’s first three batsmen became their most experienced as Ben Stokes opened with Robin Uthappa in most of the matches.
Jos Buttler managed 328 runs in 13 games while Ben Stokes managed 285 runs playing eight matches. Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) had one of the best foreign contingents in the Indian Premier League 2020 with Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Stokes, and Jofra Archer in the team.
Jos Buttler: Lacking Experience In Middle Order As Team Didn’t Have Right Balance
Rajasthan Royals fired from time to time and impressed initially but then could not maintain momentum after two wins. The inexperienced middle-order batsmen played supporting role somewhat after the failure of the top order, but the fall of quick wickets led to the pressure being built.
Even though all-rounder Rahul Tewatia performed admirably with bat and won matches single-handedly for his team, but RR lacked someone to support him. The onus fell on Jos Buttler who revealed that he asked the team management to put him in the middle-order as it lends more balance to the team.
So Robin Uthappa who was an opener previously with Kolkata Knight Riders moved up the batting order and opened instead partnering Ben Stokes. Jos Buttler became a middle-order mainstay for Rajasthan Royals.
“It actually probably came from myself saying I didn’t think our team had the right balance. I thought we were lacking a bit of experience in the middle, and I thought we were a bit top-heavy.
“[We were] losing games and it felt like there were a couple of games we didn’t quite close out when we were in good positions, and I felt like if we had had a bit more experience in that position, maybe we would have got over the line,” Jos Buttler told Sky’s IPL Cricket Show.”
Robin Uthappa managed only 196 runs in 12 appearances. Steve Smith’s failure also hampered the team’s prospects as the skipper managed 311 runs in 14 games averaging a dismal 25.91 with 3 fifties.
Jos Buttler: Rahul Tewatia Had A Great Season For Rajasthan With Bat As Finisher
Rahul Tewatia scored 255 runs in 14 games besides picking 10 wickets and played finishers role perfectly but wasn’t supported by other teammates. Sanju Samson too disappointed despite hitting three fifties managing 375 runs while Riyan Parag was a total failure contributing only 86 runs at a pathetic average of 12.28. Surprisingly, dashing batsman David Miller didn’t feature in more than one match.
“Rahul Tewatia had a great season for us with the bat, being a bit of a finisher, but I felt like a more experienced guy alongside him would have balanced our team a bit better.” said Jos Buttler.
“It was an offering, really, from myself to say: I haven’t had the runs I’d have liked at the top and I’m quite happy to move. I thought for our team, it looked a better balance having a more experienced player in the middle as well,” Jos Buttler concluded.
Jos Buttler batted in the middle order for five innings and contributed with 160 runs. But he was unable to power RR to the playoffs as his franchise finished last in the group stage with six wins and eight losses and was behind in run-rate too.