IPL: Kevin Pietersen is raving about Jos Buttler after the last century

Kevin Pietersen believes that Jos Buttler is the best in the industry

Kevin Pietersen believes that Jos Buttler is the best in the business (Photos: Getty)

Kevin Pietersen has hailed Jos Buttler as ‘the world’s best T20 batsman’ after the English star smashed his third century in the Indian Premier League in 2022.

Buttler has been in sensational form for the Rajasthan Royals, scoring centuries against the Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals.

His latest tone came in Friday’s clash with Ricky Ponting’s Delhi, where the wicketkeeper smashed nine sixes and nine fours in his brilliant 116 from 65 balls as Rajasthan posted 222-2.

Buttler now has four IPL centuries – just two fewer than record holder Chris Gayle – and looks set to beat Virat Kohli’s record for most goals scored in a single season.

Pietersen told Betway: ‘Jos Buttler has had a fantastic start to the IPL. He is the best T20 batsman in the world at the moment, by a mile.

‘His range of shots and his execution of shots is unsurpassed, but I also love his calmness and his presence in the middle.

‘That’s what sets these guys apart. They are very calm and very calculated and then have the phenomenal shot and ball shot. ‘

Buttler fought in England’s failed Ashes campaign in Australia last winter and was subsequently left out of their squad for the three-match Test series against the West Indies.

Although he has not gone away from the red ball match, Buttler’s prospects certainly look brighter in limited-overs cricket, having developed into one of England’s greatest players ever and a World Cup winner.

Buttler’s form had helped the Rajasthan Royals climb to third place in the IPL table ahead of their clash with the Delhi Capitals on Friday, just two points ahead of joint leaders Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Defending champions Chennai Super Kings are second from bottom with just two wins from five games, while five-time winners Mumbai Indians are doing even worse and sitting at the bottom at zero points.

“The IPL has been a disaster for Mumbai,” the former English captain Pietersen added.

‘They say batters win you sponsorships and bowlers win premiereships. I just can not understand why Mumbai have weakened their bowling so much by using a seat on an injured Jofra Archer and letting Trent Boult go elsewhere.

‘Stitches to the left arm are as valuable an item in the shorter form of the game because of the different angle, and Boult is as good as it can get. He’s world class.

‘I think he’s their biggest loss, ahead of Quinton de Kock and the Pandya brothers, but they’re all fantastic, match-winning players. Mumbai seems to have had their souls torn out at the mega auction.

‘Many of the star players who made them what they are have left and they’ve had a terrible start to the competition. Mahela Jayawardene has to wonder what’s going on. ‘

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