The news is confirmed from England and Wales Cricket Board that the Double R’s will not have the bowling service of their star England fast bowler Jofra Archer for the whole IPL 2021 season.
Archer went for surgery on his middle finger. The Essex medical team will examine Jofra’s progress as Archer returned to bowl this week with high intensity.
Archer will regime his full training with Sussex in the upcoming week, and he is expected to return to the field when he continues to bowl and prepare pain-free. It is a big blow to Rajasthan Royals after they know that Archricket of the IPL 2020 season.
Archer is not fit for the entire season, and with that, Ben Stokes and Liam Livingstone are also not playing for them this season.
Jofra Archer had given a stellar show for Rajasthan Royals with ball and bat. Archer was named the most valuable cricketer of the IPL 2020 season.
Rajasthan Royals didn’t qualify for the playoffs. But Archer bowled his heart out for them. He picked up 20 wickets with the bowl at an economy of 6.55, and he scored 113 runs with the bat.
Jofra Archer’s return to the tournament is impossible because that would hamper his fitness and training preparations. Archer should go through a strict seven days quarantine, and it not ideal to leave his fitness program just for an IPL season. The RR franchise and ECB have agreed that Archer won’t be a part of the IPL 2021 season.
ECB hopes that Archer returns to the cricket field soon. They hope that Jofra plays the second XI match, which will help the medical team assess the fitness condition of Jofra Archer. ECB hopes that Archer recovers well and be a part of the Sussex team in the Championship in May.
Rassie van der Dussen will join the Rajasthan Royals for the IPL 2021 season. Dussen is now waiting for clearance of Visa. The 32-year-old batter from South Africa is a handy batsman to have in the absence of Ben Stokes and Liam Livingstone, who are no more with the RR camp.
Dussen hasn’t played the IPL tournament till now. But he has played 126 T20s, and he has scored 3824 runs with a strike rate of 131.31.