Can Jos Buttler break Virat Kohli’s record in IPL 2022 final?

Rajasthan Royals opener has been in white-hot form this season – but the runs record will likely be just beyond him

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Amid all the backslapping and celebrating after Rajasthan Royals sealed their place in the IPL final with a win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday night, Jos Buttler and Virat Kohli shared an embrace.

Buttler had his arm around the Indian batting great. It looked as though he might have been consoling him on Bangalore’s exit, and also suggesting he consign this season to Room 101, given Kohli’s struggles.

Alternatively, he might have been saying: I’m coming for your record.

Probably not, of course. The Englishman would need to score a neat, round 150 in Sunday’s final against Gujarat Titans to break Kohli’s record for runs in one IPL season.

Even by Buttler’s remarkable form, that seems pretty far-fetched, but there is no denying he has enjoyed one of the finest ever campaigns by an individual batter.

The top run-getters in an IPL season over the years can be seen in the picture gallery above. To view the next image, click on the arrows or swipe if on a mobile device.

Updated: May 29, 2022, 10:06 AM
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