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Rajasthan Royals (RR) director of cricket Kumar Sangakkara lauded swashbuckling opener Jos Buttler for his surreal form and said that he can't remember anyone batting this well in the history of the IPL.
Buttler smashed an unbeaten, 60-ball 106 to capitalize on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the second qualifier, which took the side into their first IPL final since the inaugural season in 2008.
"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.
Buttler is only 24 runs away from David Warner's record of being the top-scoring overseas batter in a single IPL season. Warner had scored 848 runs in the IPL 2016 season for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Overall, Virat Kohli leads the list with 973 runs to his name in the same IPL season for Royal Challengers Bangalore.