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Rajasthan Royals pacer Jofra Archer ruled out of IPL 2021

April 24, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Rajasthan Royals pacer Jofra Archer is going to miss the complete season of the ongoing Indian Premier League. The Barbadian-born has been suffering from an elbow issue for quite a long time. In March, Jofra Archer had headed back home just before the ODI series against India due to an elbow injury. The 25-year-old featured in two Tests and all five T20Is in India. However, he was ruled out of the ODI series because of a problem with his right elbow, which deteriorated during the two-month tour. The all-rounder underwent a successful finger surgery to remove a piece of glass that was stuck in his finger.

Jofra Archer's absence would be a massive blow for the Rajasthan-based franchise. The English cricketer has been an indispensable part of the Royals team since joining the franchise back in 2018. Archer was also adjudged the MVP of IPL 2020 after bagging 20 wickets. Jofra Archer had also smashed ten sixes while scoring 113 runs at a strike rate of 179.36.

Rajasthan Royals are reeling at the last spot with just one win from 4 matches

Last week, Jofra Archer was allowed to resume training as his right hand continued to heal following his operation on March 29. His IPL franchise RR was eagerly waiting for their star pacer to be available, at least during the end of the tournament. The side has had an awful start to the season, and they are presently reeling at the last spot with just one win from 4 matches. 

Jofra Archer is the third cricketer from England who has been ruled out of the entire tournament. Star all-rounder Ben Stokes also injured his finger in RR's opening game against Punjab Kings. Ben has already returned home. Apart from him, batsman, Liam Livingstone has also headed back home, citing bio-bubble fatigue. He did not feature in any game for Rajasthan Royals. Multiple sources have indicated that RR is planning to rope in South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen as a replacement player.

England Cricket Board would also be concerned over their players' fitness, considering they have a packed nine-month schedule to follow. After playing against New Zealand, England is going to host five Tests against India. The England cricket team will then proceed for the T20 World Cup and the Ashes. Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer are very crucial for England in all the formats of the game. Thus, their injury will come as a massive blow to the reigning 50-over world champions.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth