After Beating CSK, Match-Winner Buttler Asks Dhoni for His Jersey
Jos Buttler got himself MS Dhoni’s jersey after RR beat CSK by 7 wickets on Monday night.
Jos Buttler's unbeaten 48-ball 70 helped Rajasthan Royals chase down Chennai Super Kings’ 126-run target with ease, and also pick up two vital points to keep their campaign alive.
This was Buttler’s joint highest-score of IPL 2020 after the English star looked to be struggling to get among the runs so far this season. His only other 50 plus score came against Mumbai Indians on 6 October. On Monday though, he played the CSK bowlers with ease and helped get RR past the finish line. And once he was done celebrating the win, Buttler had a special request – of MS Dhoni. To get his jersey.
After the win, Buttler also said he batted with more intensity during this innings as he thought he didn't have enough in the last game.
"Nice to get a win on the board tonight. I tried to come out with some intensity in my batting. I didn't think I had enough last game, and I decided to take a few more options tonight, and it came off," the England wicket-keeper said after making the top score of the match.
"You have to keep trusting yourself and particularly when there's no scoreboard pressure, you can play yourself in and let cut loose in the end. I'm happy (batting at No 5) to do whatever the team needs to me do. This is my role for now," said the 30-year-old player.
RR captain Steve Smith, who scored 26 not out off 34 balls, praised Buttler and said he took the pressure off his head.
"Sharjah is a little different from here. The wicket was stopping, not the best for batting, and good to be on the winning side. I thought we bowled well in the powerplay. The spinners bowled good lengths, with the googlies and leggies, building a lot of pressure," he said.
The Aussie also praised leg-spinners Rahul Tewatia and Shreyas Gopal.
“Tewatia and Shreyas have been sensational for us. Buttler took the pressure off me. I just knocked it around, and he just batted the way he usually does. He always maintains a good strike-rate,” the skipper added.
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