Jos Buttler may have cut an unhappy figure as he walked back to the Rajasthan Royals (RR) dugout on Sunday after being bowled out for 39 runs off 35 balls in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL), but the score helped him surpass David Warner’s 2016 tally and put him in second place all-time for runs scored in a single season. Butler ended the season with 863 runs, surpassing Warner’s total of 848 runs in 2016.

He is nearly 100 runs behind Virat Kohli’s 973-run season in 2016, which remains the best total by any batsman in a season. Butler also holds the record for most tonnes in a season with four, which he shares with Kohli, who established it in 2016. Buttler’s knock was far from helpful for RR on Sunday, as they dragged themselves to 130/9. The Gujarat Titans, who had previously beaten RR in the first qualifier, had a tight hold on them for the whole of the innings. Hardik Pandya, the captain of the Gujarat Tigers, led the way with figures of 3/17. In the 13th over, Butler was one aJos Buttler breaks David Warner’s 2016 IPL record to cap a stellar 2022 season among the hitters who fell to Pandya, nicking a back of a length ball to the wicketkeeper.

Pandya had already removed his RR opponent Sanju Samson, and he followed up Buttler’s dismissal with Shimron Hetmyer’s dismissal off the last ball of the 15th over. All three have been the most consistent run scorers for RR, and Pandya’s period deflated the opposition’s innings.

After scoring three centuries in the first half of the league stage, Buttler’s form began to wane. He subsequently went on to make his fourth century in Qualifier 2 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, smashing an unbeaten 106 from 60 balls to help them win by seven wickets.