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IPL 2024: 3 players who can open for Rajasthan Royals in place of Jos Buttler for remaining games

Jos Buttler scored 359 runs including 2 centuries for RR in IPL 2024.

Rajasthan Royals (RR) suffered a big blow as their marquee player Jos Buttler left the camp before the playoffs. Apart from him, even the England’s T20 World Cup-bound players have been leaving their respective IPL camps to attend to national duties.

England will lock horns with Pakistan in a T20I series, commencing on May 22. The four-match T20I series will serve as an ideal preparation for the players going forward in the T20 World Cup. Jos Buttler has been a pivotal contributor to the Royals as an opener this season.

In 11 games, he scored 359 runs at an average of 39.89 and a strike rate of 140.78. Notably, he is the only batter to have hit two centuries this season. As things stand, the Royals are second on the league stage points table with 14 points in 16 games.

The inaugural IPL champions are just a step closer to qualifying for the playoffs. One more win in the league stage will help them secure a playoffs finish. Let’s now learn about the names of 3 players who can open for RR in place of Jos Buttler.

3. Kunal Singh Rathore

Kunal Singh Rathore
Kunal Singh Rathore. (Image Source: X)

Kunal Singh Rathore might be given a window of opportunity for the opening slot in Jos Buttler’s absence. The youngster operates as a hard-hitting left-handed batter and is also a wicketkeeper. His traits can come in handy if he is given the license to open.

The 21-year-old who is yet to make his IPL debut was acquired by the Royals for his base price of INR 20 lakh. He scored 245 runs, including a maiden century against Manipur in the Ranji Trophy 2023-24. Besides that, he has affected 19 dismissals with the gloves.

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