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RR vs KKR: “Don’t Come to the IPL..” – Irfan Pathan Warns Jos Buttler

Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan has made a sober statement against it Rajasthan Royals‘ England opener Jos Buttler has left IPL 2024.

Jos Buttler left the Rajasthan Royals camp a few days ago to join his national team for the upcoming four-match T20I series against Pakistan. The reigning T20 World Champions will play these four T20Is on home soil at Headingley from Wednesday May 22nd.

What did Irfan Pathan say about Jos Buttler?

Rajasthan Royals apparently struggled in their 13th league match against Punjab Kings at the Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati last night. The reason for their difficulties in the batting line-up was the absence of opener Jos Buttler, whose partnership with Yashasvi Jaiswal at the top had done wonders for the team.

Jos Buttler was the key to Rajasthan’s good performances as whenever he was able to score runs, the team was on the winning side. However, his absence has created a huge hole in the Royals team as they did not receive the aggressive push of his replacement last night.

Another England batsman Tom Kohler-Cadmore was the one who replaced Jos Buttler in the opening slot but the former failed to get going on his IPL debut. RR needed the 29-year-old to make an immediate impact with not many games left, but Cadmore left the crease after a disappointing 23-ball 18-run knock.

He wasn’t the only one to struggle on the Barsapara track, which had remained slow throughout the game. Apart from homeboy Riyan Parag and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, no batsman could score more than 20 runs. While Parag hit 48 off 34, Ashwin had contributed 28 off 19.

Elsewhere, Jaiswal chipped in with 4 points, Sanju Samson scored 18 points, Rovman Powell also scored 4 points, Donovan Ferreira scored 7 points and Trent Boult scored 12 out of 9 points. This helped RR reach 145 points as a target and close the gap created by Jos Buttler’s decision to go to England has started to pinch RR.

Buttler’s decision to join his national team in the backend of IPL 2024 intrigued Irfan Pathan, who has consistently bashed players this season. Extremely disappointed with the Englishman leaving the Royals at the crucial stage of the tournament, Pathan published a cryptic post on X saying: “Either be available for the entire season or not come!”

How many matches do Rajasthan Royals have left in IPL 2024?

Rajasthan has one more league match against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday, May 19. After that, Sanju Samson’s team will play their play-off games and it will be interesting to see how many games they play in the knockout rounds. They have already qualified for the final stages but their final position in the IPL 2024 points table is yet to be determined.

A win in last night’s games would have secured them second place, but the loss left them second with 16 points. If they lose their draw against KKR and if Chennai wins their last league game against RCB by a big margin, Rajasthan will finish third. This means they have to play two games to reach the final.

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