Former English cricketer Kevin Pietersen has branded fellow countryman Jos Buttler as the best T20 batter in the world.
Jos Buttler has been in a destructive form for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2022. The wicketkeeper-batter has been dominating the scoring charts and currently sitting at the top with the orange cap on his head. Buttler has amassed a total of 491 runs in 7 matches at an average of 81.83, including three centuries.
In his Betway blog, Kevin Pietersen shared his thoughts about the aggressive opener. “He’s the best T20 batter in the world at the moment, by a mile. His array of shots and his execution of shots is unmatched, but I also love his calmness and his presence of mind in the middle,” said Pietersen.
Kevin Pietersen also praised Indian batter KL Rahul saying, “KL Rahul is another who has those skills.That’s what sets these guys apart. They are very calm and very calculated, and then have phenomenal shot-making and ball-striking ability.”
Jos Buttler is benefitted from the break: Kevin Pietersen
According to the legendary batter, Jos Buttler has benefitted from the break got after getting dropped from the England Test team following their humiliating 4-0 defeat to Australia in the Ashes.
“There are several guys who look totally burnt out at the moment, “Whereas Jos Buttler benefitted from a break during England’s Test series in the West Indies, you’ve had the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jonny Bairstow playing all formats and living in bubbles for months on end,” added Kevin Pietersen.
The superstar batter of the yesteryears also called out the cricket boards for overloading the cricketers with a tight schedule. Pietersen also talked about the break the current cricketers should get, given the amount of cricket they are playing.
“That is not anyway to maximise world-class talent. They’ve churned out money for their boards by fulfilling most matches in every format in the last couple of years and, as star players, they are under constant pressure with millions of people watching them. The cricket schedule is crazy. Even as a commentator, I’m working flat out. But, clearly, I’m not under the pressure that these guys are. Honestly, I think these guys need a six-month break. Get away to the US, to London, to wherever else where travel is unrestricted. Clear your head, come back and rack up the runs again. It’s unrealistic, but it would do some of these guys the world of good,” Kevin Pietersen concluded.