Jos Buttler maintained his lead in the Orange Cap race on Monday, smashing his second century of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) against Kolkata Knight Riders. This season, the Englishman has been in incredible form, scoring two hundreds and two fifties in just six games for Rajasthan Royals.
Buttler’s magnificent performance, which included a wide range of shots, kept the Royals’ scoreboard ticking over with regular boundaries. With a six off Pat Cummins in the 17th over, he hit the three-figure mark, continuing his dominance with the willow. He hit nine fours and five maximums in his 61-ball 103. He was top-edged to Varun Chakaravarthy after being the second overseas player to score a century at the Brabourne Stadium, following Shane Watson.
Buttler and Devdutt Padikkal put on a 94-run partnership for the first wicket, scoring 24 off 18 balls. Buttler then added a 67-run partnership with Sanju Samson for the second wicket, propelling the Royals above the 150-run mark in the 16th over.
Buttler, 31, is the sixth hitter in IPL history to record multiple hundreds in the same season. Virat Kohli of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has four hundreds in the 2016 season. He scored 973 runs in 16 matches, including four hundreds and seven half-centuries, making him the tournament’s leading run-scorer.
The other four batsmen who have multiple IPL tonnes are Chris Gayle, Hashim Amla, Shane Watson, and Shikhar Dhawan. All of them have two century, with Dhawan the most recent to do so. In 2020, the left-handed batter hit two centuries, whereas Shane Watson and Hashim Alma did so in 2018 and 2017. Chris Gayle had scored a touchdown.
Chris Gayle, Hashim Amla, Shane Watson and Shikhar Dhawan are the other four batters to have multiple IPL tons at their name. They have got two centuries each with Dhawan being the latest one to achieve the milestone. Shikhar Dhawan had scored two centuries in 2020 while Shane Watson & Hashim Alma had scripted the feat in the 2018 and 2017 editions respectively. Chris Gayle had hit two hundreds back in 2011 while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore.