Jos Buttler to miss Opening Match against CSK

Jos Buttler the main wicket-keeper, opening batsmen for Rajasthan Royals will not play in the opening match for Rajasthan Royals. RR will play their first match against Chennai Super Kings on September 22 at Sharjah.

CSK, who at the back of a superb win in the IPL opener against Mumbai Indians, are in good form and confidence. Buttler is currently serving mandator quarantine because he had arrived in UAE separately with his family.

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Buttler said in an Instagram live from the official Royals handle, “I’m unfortunately going to miss the first match for Rajasthan because I’m going to be doing my quarantine period because I’m here with my family – which is great that the Royals have allowed me to have my family out here. It’ll be a huge help in lockdown having my family here with me.”

Buttler had arrived after playing a limited-overs series against Australia. All other England and Australian players have joined their teams and in fact, played their matches for their respective franchises since they came from one bio-bubble to another. But since he has arrived with his family, he’s currently doing his quarantine. He’ll be available for the team’s second match scheduled against Kings XI Punjab on September 27 at Sharjah.

Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler in action during IPL 2019 against Mumbai Indians

Buttler has also spoken about Ben Stokes who is in New Zealand at the moment. He left to his ailing father in the midst of the Test series against Pakistan in July. Earlier, Stokes involvement was not confirmed and he was set to miss the initial part of the event. Buttler is hopeful that Stokes will join his team, RR at some stage in the tournament.

“Hopefully. I think Ben’s taking some family time at the moment. Everyone wishes well with him, everyone’s got him in our thoughts. He’s such a good player so hopefully at some point he’ll be able to join us in pink.”

The wicket-keeper batsman also said about his batting position. He said, “Hopefully at the top. I like opening the batting in T20 but of course very happy to bat anywhere the captain and the coach want me to which is always good.”

Jos Buttler was declared the man of the series in the T20I series against Australia after earning the man of the match award in the first T20I.