Rajasthan Royals spinner Ravichandran Ashwin signed teammate Jos Buttler’s shirt in the dressing room after the IPL 2022 season came to a conclusion.
Watch: R Ashwin signs Jos Buttler’s jersey after RR end up as IPL 2022 runners-up (Courtesy by BCCI/PTI Photo)
- R Ashwin signed Jos Buttler’s jersey after RR lost IPL 2022 final
- Buttler won the Orange Cap after finishing with 863 runs
- Ashwin scored 191 runs while taking 12 wickets for RR in IPL 2022
Rajasthan Royals spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was spotted signing teammate Jos Buttler’s jersey in the RR dressing room after the conclusion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) final in Ahmedabad on May 29. In fact, the entire Rajasthan Royals team had signed the star opener’s shirt.
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Buttler was RR’s star retention while the franchise roped in Ashwin’s services in the auction. Buttler had a season to remember as the England opener won the Orange Cap after finishing with 863 runs to his name at an average of 57.33 and a strike rate of 149.05. Ashwin, on the other hand, scored 191 runs at an impressive average of 27.29 while taking 12 wickets in 17 innings.
Ahead of the tournament, cricket fans were interested in the prospect of Buttler and Ashwin sharing the dressing room, thanks to their rather rough history in the tournament. Notably, Ashwin had dismissed Jos Buttler with the ‘Mankad’ mode of dismissal during the 2019 edition of the tournament. However, both professional cricketers seemed to have developed a close bond over the course of IPL 2022. The biggest example of this was the camaraderie between Buttler and Ashwin after the team lost the IPL 2022 final.
RR management had consulted Buttler about the prospect of him sharing the dressing room with Ashwin before buying the India star in the IPL 2022 mega auction.
“We spoke to Jos prior to the auction and just talked through all of our prioritization of players. Honestly, he didn’t even think about it (his run out by Ashwin at the non-striker’s end in 2019). I had to sort of bring it up to just check it was okay. And he said ‘it’s absolutely fine,” CEO Jake Lush McCrum had said at a media interaction.
“Maybe he will have to practice in the nets with him. But otherwise, on the field, they’re looking forward to playing together,” he added.