Kevin Pietersen labels England star the ‘best T20 batter in the world by a mile’

England legend Kevin Pietersen has branded Jos Buttler the "best T20 batter in the world", following his "fabulous" performances for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL so far.

Buttler is currently the tournament's leading run scorer with 375 at an average of 156.90. The 31-year-old has scored two centuries already, blasting hundreds in wins over Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.

"Jos Buttler has made a fabulous start to the IPL," Pietersen wrote in his Betway blog. "He's the best T20 batter in the world at the moment, by a mile.

"His array of shots and his execution of shots is unmatched, but I also love his calmness and his presence of mind in the middle. KL Rahul is another who has those skills.

"That’s what sets these guys apart. They are very calm and very calculated, and then have the phenomenal shot-making and ball-striking."

Pietersen also claimed that Buttler has "benefitted from a break" after being dropped from the England Test team following their humiliating 4-0 defeat to Australia in the Ashes. "There are several guys who look totally burnt out at the moment," Pietersen added.

"Whereas Jos Buttler benefitted from a break during England's Test series in the West Indies, you've had the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jonny Bairstow playing all formats and living in bubbles for months on end.

"That is not anyway to maximise world-class talent. They've churned out money for their boards by fulfilling most matches in every format in the last couple of years and, as star players, they are under constant pressure with millions of people watching them.

"The cricket schedule is crazy. Even as a commentator, I’m working flat out. But, clearly, I’m not under the pressure that these guys are.

"Honestly, I think these guys need a six-month break. Get away to the US, to London, to wherever else where travel is unrestricted. Clear your head, come back and rack up the runs again. It's unrealistic, but it would do some of these guys the world of good."

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