Shane Warne is looking down on us with a lot of pride: Jos Buttler after taking RR to IPL 2022 final

IPL 2022 Qualifier 2, RR vs RCB: Jos Buttler said Shane Warne would be proud of this Rajasthan Royals team after his match winning 106 failed to help the team reach the final of IPL 2022.

Jos Buttler in action in IPL 2022. (Courtesy of BCCI/PTI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jos Buttler was named man-of-the-match for his unbeaten 106 in Qualifier 2 vs RCB
  • Buttler paid tribute to Shane Warne who led RR to IPL glory in 2008
  • Buttler said he was excited to play in the final of the biggest T20 tournament in the world

Jos Buttler was named man-of-the-match after his undefeated 106 helped Rajasthan Royals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 7 wickets to storm into the final of IPL 2022, where they face Gujarat Titans.

Jos Buttler has been in sensational form this season – during his exploits on Friday he became the second player after Virat Kohli to hit 4 hundreds in an IPL season and the third after Kohli and David Warner to break the 800 run in one season .

Jos Buttler will certainly take home the Orange Cap, but his eyes will be on RR’s second IPL title. The first was won at the inaugural edition in 2008 under the captaincy of Shane Warne, who died of a heart attack earlier in the year.

After the Royals secured their second IPL last berth, Jos Buttler paid a heartfelt tribute to Shane Warne.

“It’s amazing to be able to play in the final of the biggest T20 tournament in the world.. it’s incredibly exciting. Shane Warne has been such an influential figure for Rajasthan Royals, leading the team to the title in its inaugural season. We We will miss him very much, but we know he looks down on us with great pride today,” Buttler told Star Sports.

Jos Buttler was on fire for the Royals this summer. In Qualifier 1, he had scored 89 before being eliminated and then his fourth hundred of the season followed. The England star said he had come to the tournament with low expectations, but added that he had a lot of energy.

“I came to the season with very low expectations, but with a lot of energy. It’s very exciting to be in the final. I’ve had a season of two halves and had very honest conversations with people who are very close to me. I felt the pressure halfway through, and it had only been about a week since I started talking about it. It helped me and I went to Kolkata with a freer mind,” he said.

Jos Buttler has so far scored 824 runs at an average of 58.86 including 4 hundreds and 4 fifties with one game to go.

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