Rajasthan Royals is likely to rope in South African batsman Rassie van der Dussen as a replacement for Ben Stokes. English all-rounder Ben Stokes has been ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League 2021 with a broken finger. Stokes suffered the injury during the Rajasthan Royals' first match of the tournament against Punjab Kings while taking a catch to get Chris Gayle's wicket.
Meanwhile, England Cricket Board would now be concerned over their ace all-rounder's fitness, considering they have a packed nine months schedule to follow. After playing against New Zealand, England is going to host five Tests against India. England will then proceed for the T20 World Cup and the Ashes. Ben Stokes is very crucial for England all the format of the game. Thus, his injury will come as a massive blow to the reigning 50-over world champions.
Rassie van der Dussen has to pass the fitness test to confirm his availability
As the reports in Netwerk24 Sport, Rajasthan Royals have requested Van der Dussen to play for the remaining matches of the IPL. The Proteas batsman is supposed to pass the fitness test to confirm his availability for the upcoming games. However, nothing is officially confirmed by the Royals. The franchise might release an official statement once things materialise between two parties. As far as Rassie van der Dussen is concerned, the batsman is in fantastic form at the moment. The 32-year-old was the only batsman who carried South Africa's batting in the recent ODI and T20I series against Pakistan. Dussen scored 183 runs in two ODI matches, including a century. He also scored 86 runs in a couple of T20 International games at a fantastic strike rate of 153.57.
Rajasthan Royals are next going to play against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Saturday at the Wankhede Stadium. It is going to take a few weeks for the South African to join the RR squad. Even if the batsman joins the team, he must undergo the mandatory quarantine period set by the BCCI.
IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals full squad
Manan Vohra, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat, Mustafizur Rahman, Shreyas Gopal, Andrew Tye, Liam Livingstone, KC Cariappa, Mahipal Lomror, Jofra Archer, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, Kuldip Yadav, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Akash Singh