IPL 2024: Broad sure Buttler will bounce back soon

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | April 05, 2024 IST

Jos Buttler

New Delhi, April 5: The world may be in doubt if premier English wicket-keeper and batter Jos Buttler can regain his old magic and score heavily. Match winner, maverick Buttler is one of the most fearsome batters in world cricket, especially in white-ball formats.

But of late, he appears to be a pale shadow of his old self. He has been patchy, not amongst runs and have been getting out in strange matters at times. 

Buttler continues his struggle to regain form in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 as well. However, despite his poor run with the willow, his franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR) have won all their three matches.

From RR team management to cricket fans, everybody except the team he plays against, appear to be waiting eagerly for Buttler to demolish the opposition bowling attacks and regain his match winning skills. But the wait seems to be unending.

However, there are many who are confident, once Buttler spends more time in the middle, he can score heavily. Former England cricketer Stuart Broad suggested that once the wicket-keeper batter begins facing more deliveries, he will accumulate a higher run tally.

Buttler, who had a stellar performance during the 2022 IPL season, where he amassed 863 runs featuring four centuries, struggled to find his rhythm in the 2024 tournament. His initial three games yielded modest scores of 11, 11, and 13, indicating a lacklustre start to the season.

Acknowledging Buttler's recent lean patch since the 50-over World Cup in India and his struggles with the leadership of England team, Broad expressed optimism about the 33-year-old wicketkeeper batter's fresh approach in IPL.

"He's been in a bit of a lean patch since the 50-over World Cup in India. He struggled with the leadership of the England team and appeared physically and emotionally tired. However, I believe he's coming into this IPL refreshed. Although he hasn't quite found his form in this tournament yet, he's been dismissed twice by some pretty good bowling," Broad told official broadcaster Star Sports.

Broad anticipates that IPL 2024 could be the platform for Buttler to shine, especially given his strong partnership with fellow opener Yashasvi Jaiswal, potentially propelling the Rajasthan Royals into the playoffs contention.

"I think this will be the tournament where he plays well. He has a great relationship with Jaiswal at the top of the order, and if both of them fire, Rajasthan Royals will certainly make the playoffs, if not challenge for the trophy. So, I think we need to be patient with him. Once he starts facing a lot of balls, he's going to score a lot of runs in this tournament," he added.

Rajasthan are currently second in the points table with three wins in as many as matches. They will play host to Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in their next match on Saturday at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

Will Buttler return to form and entertain RR home crowd in Jaipur on Saturday? May be all his fans and cricket experts would be elated to see him back in that marauding form, but RCB players and supporters would wish he returns to the pavilion at the earliest. (With IANS support) 

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  • Jos Buttler
  • Indian Premier League (IPL)
  • Rajasthan Royals (RR)
  • Stuart Broad
  • IPL 2024
  • Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB)

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