Ben Stokes, the premier Rajasthan Royals (RR) all-rounder, has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 with a suspected broken arm, says a report by Independent.
Stokes picked up the injury while fielding RR’s tournament opener on Monday (April 12) in Mumbai against Punjab Kings (PBKS).
Ben Stokes ran in hard from the long-on region and pulled off a spectacular catch to help dismiss PBKS great Chris Gayle. However, as it happened, the England cricketer hurt his left hand in the process and was seen grimacing as he later got up and was attended by the RR team physio.
When Stokes batted later in the match, he was out without troubling the scorers in RR’s eventually unsuccessful quest to chase down the huge 222-run target.
Ben Stokes ruled out of the IPL 2021 with suspected broken hand
According to the report by the Independent, Ben Stokes will remain in India for another week. The communication on his injury has already begun between the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the RR team management.
Stokes “will have an X-Ray in India on Thursday (April 15) to determine how much damage has been done before the ECB take over the planning of the recovery”, stated the report.
RR will be distraught upon losing probably the most crucial cog in their wheels as they look to reclaim the prestigious IPL title this season.
Rajasthan Royals also released a statement on Stokes’ injury which stated, “Ben Stokes injured a finger on left hand while fielding during match against Punjab Kings. Investigations revealed that he sustained a broken finger, which will unfortunately rule him out of the remainder of IPL season.”
Ben Stokes has scored 920 runs from 43 matches in his overall IPL career at a strike-rate of 134.50, besides taking 28 wickets and delivering his overs at an economy rate of 8.55.
He was one of the positives with the bat for RR in IPL 2020 last year and made 285 runs at an average of 40.71 and strike-rate of 142.50 after late entry in the tournament.