Mumbai, April 22: England’s Jos Buttler blew up his third century of the IPL 2022 for Rajasthan Royals against Delhi Capitals, setting a host of records in the process.
His stupendous hitting of 116 from 67 deliveries and a 155 run position with Devdutt Padikkal (54) helped Rajasthan Royals post a massive 222/2 from 20 overs, the highest total so far this season. This was also the highest total ever posted by Rajasthan Royals in IPL.
The 31-year-old from Taunton became the first batsman to score three IPL centuries in 2022, taking his overall IPL centuries tally to four, joining David Warner and Shane Watson on the list of players with the most centuries in the league. T20. . Chris Gayle has six tons and Virat Kohli has five.
Buttler, who scored his first IPL 2022 hundred against the Mumbai Indians and his second against the Kolkata Knight Riders a couple of days ago, is on pace to equal Kohli’s record for most hundreds in the same IPL edition – all four tons beaten by the Royal Challengers Bangalore. beaten in 2016. Buttler needs a hundred more at IPL 2022 to match Kohli’s record.
He also became only the second batsman in IPL history to hit centuries in consecutive matches, joining India starter Shikhar Dhawan who had done so while playing for Delhi Capitals in 2020.
Buttler now leads the race for Orange Cap in IPL 2022 with 491 runs in seven innings at a brilliant 81.83 average. And the amazing thing is that he has scored his runs with an excellent strike rate of 161.51. In addition to the three centuries, he has scored two half centuries this season.
His partnership of 155 with Padikkal on Friday against Delhi Capital was the highest for this season’s opening wicket and the highest so far for any wicket for Rajasthan Royals, surpassing the unfinished 152-run partnership between Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson in Abu Dhabi in 2020.
Buttler, who was one of the players retained by Rajasthan Royals, appears to have started from where he left off in the last edition – a 128 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in New Delhi in 2021.
Buttler has scored a sensational 615 runs in his last eight IPL innings, including four centuries and two half-centuries.
His series of scores reads 128, 35, 100, 70*, 13, 54, 103, 116, a brilliant hitting display by any standard, especially in an unpredictable format like a T20.