Ben Stokes is out of IPL 2021 with a suspected fractured hand, reports the Independent. The England all-rounder sustained the injury last 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.
- CORY ANDERSON
Cory Andersen is a name which we all are familiar with, he has previously played for Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians in the IPL. The big-hitting Kiwi cricketer announced his retirement last year and is now playing franchise cricket in the UK. Anderson has signed a 3-year contract with Major League Cricket in the USA. His can be the perfect replacement for Stokes as he can bowl and bat equally well.
- SCOTT KUGLEIGEN
He has played for Chennai Super Kings in 2019, where he played two matches and took two wickets. He plays international cricket for New Zealand and has a good amount of lace in his bowling to trouble batsmen’s. His addition can be a good asset to the side.
- DEVON CONWAY
The 29-year-old South African born cricketer plays for New Zealand and has recently earned a lot of praise for his big-hitting abilities. He won the Men’s ODI Player of The Year in The New Zealand Cricket Awards Night and is currently ranked fourth in the T20I rankings. He has played three ODIs and 14 T20Is for New Zealand.