IPL 2021: Managing middle overs will be key against SunRisers Hyderabad, says Jos Buttler

The experienced batsman also reckons that playing successive afternoon matches might help the Rajasthan Royals.

Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler in a file photo. (Image Credit: Twitter)
By Arnab Mukherji | May 1, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Rajasthan Royals (RR) wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has stated that the team will look to improve its performance during the middle overs, in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 league encounter against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH). The game will take on Sunday afternoon at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. A win could potentially improve the league ranking of the Rajasthan-based franchise.

“It’s been a frustrating start to the season for us. We haven’t had the results we would have liked. I think we’ve played well in phases but haven’t been able to put games to bed with bat, ball or in the field. We’ve let ourselves down in certain situations and given the points table we need to get it right as soon as possible to make sure that we’re still challenging to make the play-offs. Every game is a new opportunity for someone to stand up and put in a great performance and we know in T20 cricket, anything can happen and things tend to turn around very quickly,” said Buttler while interacting with the official website of the Rajasthan-based franchise.

Potential Rise In League Standings

RR are currently placed on the seventh position in the league standings, having played six games.

“We know we need to put in consistent performances if we want to have a shot at the playoffs. We need to work hard, it’s a tough competition. There are some great teams in here and we need to work hard with our practice and preparations going into the games. Sanju’s been very consistent in his messaging and how he wants us to play, express ourselves and make sure we enjoy the tournament,” said Buttler.

The 30-year-old termed Rashid Khan and Kane Williamson as “fantastic” players, with Sunday’s tie marking the first time the two teams lock horns this season.

“I think Sunrisers have a really strong team. They’ve got some fantastic players, the likes of Rashid Khan, Warner, and Williamson. We know that on their day they can be one of the best teams in the competition, and we will be wary of that. It is important for us to manage the in-game situations well, and execute our plans with full focus and determination, along with being a bit ruthless when we have the opportunity to be,” concluded Buttler.

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