Ben Stokes is out of IPL 2021 with a suspected fractured hand, reports the Independent. The England all-rounder sustained the injury yesterday in a match against Punjab Kings on Monday while taking a catch to dismiss Chris Gayle. He felt some discomfort in his hand while going to celebrate the wicket with his teammates.
When he opened the innings for Royals, he got out 0 after facing just 3 deliveries. This will undoubtedly be a shocker to the Royals fan base as Stokes is one of their best players. Stokes will reportedly remain in India for a week, where he will undergo an X-Ray on Thursday to learn the extent of the damage.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have reportedly got in touch with the Royals regarding the management of the injury. Archer has been cleared to resume light training from this week after undergoing surgery but it remains uncertain whether he will be available for the Royals to make a comeback in IPL 2021.