Rassie van der Dussen likely to replace Ben Stokes at Rajasthan Royals

By Lokmat English Desk | Published: April 24, 2021 12:30 PM2021-04-24T12:30:06+5:302021-04-24T12:30:37+5:30

T20 specialist, Rassie Van der Dussen is all set to receive his first IPL contract from 2008 champions Rajasthan ...

Rassie van der Dussen likely to replace Ben Stokes at Rajasthan Royals | Rassie van der Dussen likely to replace Ben Stokes at Rajasthan Royals

Rassie van der Dussen likely to replace Ben Stokes at Rajasthan Royals

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T20 specialist, Rassie Van der Dussen is all set to receive his first IPL contract from 2008 champions Rajasthan Royals. The South African batsman is expected to join the Sanju Samson led side as replacement of Ben Stokes. According to reports, the 32-year old is  currently awaiting his visa clearance before he can fly into India.  Van der Dussen has vast experience in the shortest format, having played in 126 T20s - only seven players had more T20 caps before making an IPL debut. In that time, van der Dussen has made 3824 runs at an average of 38.62 and a strike rate of 131.31 in T20s. 

The right-handed batsman was unsold in the IPL 2021 auction with a base price of INR 50 lakh.The presence of Rassie van der Dussen in the Rajasthan Royals squad may help in filling the space left by Ben Stokes. The Royals also lost one of their important English players, Liam Livingstone, who withdrew from the tournament after citing bio-bubble fatigue.Ben Stokes had injured himself in the first match that the Rajasthan Royals played against the Punjab Kings in Match 4 of the IPL 2021. The English allrounder injured a finger on his left hand after which he had to depart from the tournament. The ECB had stated that the Ben Stokes injury would sideline him for 12 weeks due to his broken finger. The Royals are currently languishing at the bottom of the table with 3 losses and 1 win in four games. They next face the out of form Kolkata Knight Riders on April 24 at the Wankhede. 

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