Former India batter Sanjay Manjrekar has cautioned Rajasthan Royals (RR) batter Jos Buttler to be careful against Gujarat Titans (GT) Rashid Khan when the two teams play in the final of the IPL 2022 on May 29, 2022, in Ahmedabad.
Rashid Khan has been the best for GT this season taking 18 wickets in 15 games so far. He also has one of the best economy rates at 6.74, with a four-wicket haul to boot. Buttler, on the other hand, has amassed 824 runs with 4 centuries and 4 half-centuries to his name this season.
While speaking on the ESPNCricinfo show, Manjrekar said: “(Gujarat Titans) may try Rashid Khan in the first six overs because he bowls stump to stump and Buttler has been in trouble with that line, which is straight on into the stump. I think they (RR batters) will, as there are enough bowlers they can go after. And if (GT skipper) Hardik Pandya doesn’t bowl, there could be a few more bowlers that they (RR) could go after. So, yes, Rashid Khan is somebody that they can, maybe, just play him out and there are enough bowlers they can go after I guess (after that).”
Furthermore, Manjrekar suggested that GT should bring in Lockie Ferguson in place of Alzarri Joseph, after the West Indies pacer went for 27 runs in 2 overs in Qualifier 1 at the Eden Gardens on May 24.
“I can see that change (bringing in Ferguson) happening. I’m expecting them to play Ferguson on a pitch that has something for the seam bowlers. (Alzarri) bowled two overs for 27 runs in the last game (Qualifier 1 vs RR). It wasn’t like he was unlucky, he didn’t bowl well… the control was pretty poor. So, there will be a temptation to play Lockie on a pitch that has something for the seam bowlers. “Lockie, with more IPL experience, could get the nod. So, I’m expecting that change to happen,” added Manjrekar.