IPL 2021 Phase 2: Liam Livingstone’s hundred great news for England, but not so great for Rajasthan Royals; Check why

IPL 2021 Phase 2: Liam Livingstone's 100 propels him into England's plans for T20 World Cup, bad news for Rajasthan Royals.
IPL 2021 Phase 2: Liam Livingstone's 100 propels him into England's plans for T20 World Cup, bad news for Rajasthan Royals.

IPL 2021 Phase 2 – Liam Livingstone 100 Bad News for Rajasthan Royals? Liam Livingstone slammed a swashbuckling century against Pakistan on Saturday, making his claim for a spot in England’s T20 World Cup squad but it has certainly made Rajasthan Royals a bit nervous. The 27-year-old scored the fastest 50 and 100 by an English batsman and also became the first player to reach three figures against Pakistan in international T20s. His feat in the 1st T20 was lauded by everyone including captain Eoin Morgan and coach Paul Collingwood who is coaching the side as Chris Silverwood is rested.

“He’s put his hand up, it’s as simple as that. You can’t do any more than what he’s done. He’s got two more opportunities over the next two games. It’s very hard not to pick a guy if he’s played like that. I think the innings he played is as exciting as we’ve seen in an English shirt for some time,” said Collingwood.

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IPL 2021 Phase 2: Rajasthan Royals were amongst the many who lauded Liam Livingstone’s innings but the 2008 IPL champions will know that such performances will only make it hard for the England star to play in the upcoming IPL 2021 phase 2. While Livingstone’s heroics did not see his side register the win, he certainly made a case for himself to be named in the T20 World Cup squad.

IPL 2021 Phase 2: Why is Rajasthan Royals nervous about Liam Livingstone’s performance?

  • ECB has said it would not allow English players to leave for IPL 2021 Phase 2.
  • There was still a chance if Livingstone was amongst England’s plans but the century will certainly force England to take him to Bangladesh tour and give him opportunities to make a claim for T20 World Cup spot.
  • If that happens, he will be ruled out of the IPL 2021.
  • Rajasthan will be left with only one foreign player in Chris Morris as the rest of them are from England and Bangladesh.

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Liam Livingstone was part of the RR squad for Phase 1 but did not get a single game, before deciding to leave the camp due to bio-bubble fatigue. Livingstone is one of the most destructive players in the world in T20 cricket, having amassed runs across five different leagues including the Big Bash League and the PSL. His 100 against Pakistan was a testament to his great skills and his versatility makes him an asset for any side he plays for. His heroics against Pakistan have likely put him in pole position to make the England squad for the T20 World Cup, which will not be good news for the Rajasthan Royals.

IPL 2021 Phase 2: The reigning 50-over World Champions are all set to play Bangladesh in a bilateral series which will clash with the resumption of the IPL, and all of their stars will be featuring to prepare for the T20 World Cup. Livingstone is almost certain to be a part of the squad if not the XI, which means that like other England players, he might have to miss out on a return to the Royals.

Livingstone’s absence will compound further problems for Rajasthan Royals, who will only have Chris Morris and David Miller available from their foreign contingent for the IPL 2021 Phase 2. Livingstone will be joined by fellow Englishmen and RR stars Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler for the series against Bangladesh.

Mustafizur Rahman, the left-arm quick, will also be ruled out due to his participation in the tour. RR had signed South Africa’s Gerald Coetzee as one of the replacements earlier in the season, but the 21-year-old is yet to play a game for Sanju Samson’s side. The participation of Australian players is also in doubt due to national team commitments, meaning Andre Tye, who picked up three against West Indies on Friday, could also forgo a return to the IPL.