This season’s orange-capped Butler has 718 runs in 15 matches. He had trouble in the first qualifier and took 38 balls to score 39 runs. After this, the next 50 runs in 18 balls took the Royals to 188 for six.
After losing the match by seven wickets, he said in the press conference, “I wanted to stay. It was a big match for us and I wanted a big score. Sometimes you have to forget your ego. If the problem is coming then it is coming again. I don’t get too nervous or upset.
He said, “The opposing team wants me to panic and get out. I believed in myself and knew I would find my rhythm. Got a little late in this innings.
Royals captain Sanju Samson’s 26-ball 47 took the pressure off Butler.
He said, “There was trouble in the beginning but then Sanju came and played this innings. This took the pressure off me. I kept on playing and scored fast in the end.
Now the Royals will have to play Royal Challengers Bangalore or Lucknow Super Giants in the second qualifier.
“We are still in the tournament and we still have a chance,” Butler said. We are disappointed today but will do well in the next match.