IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals to rope Rassie van der Dussen as Ben Stokes replacement

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IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals is reportedly going to sign Rassie van der Dussen as Ben Stokes and Liam Livingstone’s replacement for the IPL 2021. While Stokes was ruled out due to injury, Livingstone returned home due to bio-bubble fatigue. According to the EspnCricinfo report, the South African is waiting for visa clearance before he can fly to India.

Dussen was in tremendous form in the recently concluded limited-overs series against Pakistan. He scored a couple of fifties and a century.

MATCH BAT DATE GROUND FORMAT
South Africa vs Pakistan 52 16-Apr-2021 Centurion T20I # 1148
South Africa vs Pakistan 34* 14-Apr-2021 Centurion T20I # 1147
South Africa vs Pakistan 60 04-Apr-2021 Johannesburg ODI # 4286
South Africa vs Pakistan 123* 02-Apr-2021 Centurion ODI # 4285

 

The 32-year-old has experience of playing 26 T20s where he has amassed over 3,824 runs at an average of 38.62. It also features 26 fifties and 3 centuries.

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The Royals have been severely hurt by the absence of two key players: Stokes and pace Jofra Archer, the tournament’s MVP in 2020, and are currently last on the points table in the eight-team IPL, having won just one of their four matches.

Stokes was ruled out of the IPL after breaking his left index finger in the field in the Royals’ opening match of the tournament, and is set to spend 12 weeks on the sidelines after undergoing an operation on his return to the UK.

Archer, meanwhile, returned to bowling this week with higher intensity, and the ECB and Sussex medical teams will continue to monitor his progress.

He will now step up his training regime starting next week and will be in full training with Sussex. It is expected that he will return to cricket in the next fortnight if he can continue to bowl and prepare pain-free. However, he will not return for IPL 2021 this season.

The ECB will confirm which matches he is expected to play in due course.

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