Cricket Australia was criticized on Monday for posting an image of Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler, who became the second-highest run-getter ever in a single Indian Premier League (IPL) season, scoring an incredible 863 runs in 17 games.
Cricket Australia trolled for posting an image of Jos Buttler
Buttler’s heroics was instrumental in Rajasthan Royals reaching the IPL 2022 final, and while he was unable to lead his team to victory, losing to Gujarat Titans at the Narendra Modi Stadium here on Sunday night, the England cricketer scored 39 off 35 balls, passing Australian great David Warner on the list of all-time highest run-getters in a single season in the IPL.
Buttler has surpassed Virat Kohli to become the new No. 2 on the list. Warner (848 runs for SRH in 2016) was pushed to third place in the elite list by the England player.
Jos Buttler had an incredible IPL season, scoring 863 runs from 17 matches at an average of 57.53 and a strike rate of 149.05, with four centuries and four half-centuries, 83 boundaries, and 45 sixes.
He not only won the Orange cap for scoring the most runs in IPL 2022, as well as hitting the most boundaries and centuries, but he also became the second-highest run-scorer in IPL history.
Cricket Australia posted an image of Buttler along with the top-five run-getters in a single IPL season, and wrote, “With four centuries in the tournament, Jos Buttler was unstoppable in #IPL2022! But he couldn’t quite get Virat Kohli’s record…”
Virat Kohli’s tally of 973 runs in 16 innings for RCB in 2016 remains the highest by a batter in an IPL season, and Buttler (863 runs in 17 games) came close but fell short.
While two Australians, David Warner (848 in 17 innings, 2016) and Mike Hussey (733 in 17 innings, 2013), are also in the Top-5, some have questioned why Cricket Australia is highlighting the achievements of an England cricketer in an Indian league.
“Surprising why you guys are giving update because neither ipl nor Jos Buttler is Australian,” wrote a fan on @cricketcomau, Cricket Australia’s social media wing.
“We love cricket,” Cricket Australia replied, which was the perfect response.
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— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) May 30, 2022