Big blow for Rajasthan Royals before IPL as their all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the remaining IPL season due to a broken finger. There is no chance for him to come back in the remainder of the season.
Ben Stokes picked up the injury during Rajasthan Royals’ opening match with Punjab Kings on Monday when taking a catch to dismiss Chris Gayle. The English all-rounder ran in from long-on and dived forward to complete the dismissal of the West Indian batsman. He felt some discomfort in his left hand after that incident. However, he still continued on in the match.
Today RR issued a statement regarding the unavailability of the English all-rounder. The statement read, ‘Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes injured a finger on his left hand while fielding during the team’s match against Punjab Kings on 12 April 2021 in Mumbai. Subsequent investigations revealed that he sustained a broken finger, which will, unfortunately, rule him out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League 2021 season.
Everyone at Rajasthan Royals absolutely admires Ben for being such a huge asset and a valuable member of the Royals family, both on and off the field, and wishes him a speedy recovery. We are delighted that Ben would like to stay with the group to provide his valued support and inputs off the field. In the meantime, we will be reviewing potential replacement options for the remainder of the season.’
However, according to The Independent, Stokes will undergo an X-Ray in India on Thursday to determine how much damage has been done. After that ECB take over the planning of the recovery. RR is holding talks with ECB over a potential recovery of the injury.