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Can’t remember anyone batting this well in history of IPL: Kumar Sangakkara on Jos Buttler

Written by Sumit Seth

In what can undeniably be called one of the finest campaigns in the history of the Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler has stunned the cricketing world this season. With over 800 runs, inclusive of 4 centuries and 4 fifties to his name, the Englishman is the prime reason behind RR’s progression to the IPL 2022 final.

For the Royals’ Director of Cricket, Kumar Sangakkara, there hasn’t been a player who has batted as well as Buttler has this season in IPL history, at least as far as he is concerned.

“It is hard to describe what he has done for us this season in terms of T20 batting. He started off so well, he had a little bit of flutter at one point in the tournament, but then you know he calmed himself down and had a lot of good conversations rather than just training. He accepted that he is a mortal, he is a human and he can’t be at that high level of excellence every single day,” said Sangakkara during a virtual press conference.

“And to understand how you kind of reach that level every game at different stages, somedays you have to fight and look ugly, other days your rhythm is there and the reality is that you cannot fight the condition, you just have to settle into it and build the innings. He can accelerate at any point; he has got all the strokes. He is a lovely guy and he understands the game really well. I cannot remember anyone batting this well in the history of the IPL,” he further stated.

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