Ben Stokes has been an important aspect of the Rajasthan Royals (RR) since 2018 when he moved from the now-dead Rising Pune Supergiant. The England all-rounder hasn't played a single game in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL). Actually, he hasn't played any form of cricket after England's initial Test against Pakistan in Manchester back in August.
The 29-year-old traveled to Christchurch to attend his sickly dad, Ged, who's determined to have mind disease back in January. Prior, reports recommended that Ben Stokes would join the Royals in the primary seven day stretch of October. The 29-year-old additionally posted pictures where he can be seen preparing his heart out in Christchurch, fuelling reports of his rebound.
Stokes is a major misfortune and our musings are with him - Shane Warne
Shane Warne, who's back with the Rajasthan Royals in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has upheld Stokes to assume a significant function for the establishment in the upcoming matches. The turn wizard said that Ben's integration in the eleven will just reinforce RR's setup.
After returning, Stokes would need to go through an isolation period of six days. He needs to return two negative COVID-19 tests after which he could join RR's bio-secure bubble. In Stokes' nonattendance, the Royals have favored Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, and David Miller in their eleven as their abroad picks with Steve Smith being their captain.
The Rajasthan Royals began the IPL with wins against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Sharjah. They got a rude awakening in Dubai after Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat them by 37 runs. Curran scored 54 and Archer got two wickets, however, their endeavors went futile. RR is next set to bolt horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RR) on Saturday.