Vivo IPL 2021: 3 Possible Replacement for Ben Stokes in the Vivo IPL 2021 [Rajasthan Royals]

Vivo IPL 2021: 3 Possible Replacement for Ben Stokes in the Vivo IPL 2021 [Rajasthan Royals].

Vivo IPL 2021: English all-rounder Ben Stokes is arguably one of the most loved and dangerous all-rounders of the present generation. The cricketer has time and again proved his worth and turned the dynamics of the game single-handedly. He has shown his heroics for England and Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the IPL more often than not.

The cricketer recently announced that he will be taking an indefinite break from all forms of cricket and also withdrew from ongoing England vs India five matches test series. The decision of the cricketer induces some serious doubts into his IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals as he is likely to take a rest from the IPL as well.

With the overseas cricket board giving green signals to their players to play and participate in the UAE leg of the Indian Premier League, now it all boils down to the player itself whether they want to compete in the tournament or not. 

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Rajasthan Royals (RR) is already given a blow as ace English pacer Jofra Archer will not take part in the second leg of the IPL 2021 as he is ruled out for the entire year due to his persisting injury. The franchise cannot afford to miss another player who forms the core of the team. 

Although no official calls have been given on the participation of the all-rounder Ben Stokes, this article will walk you through the top 3 possible replacements Rajasthan Royals (RR) can acquire for Ben Stokes, if he misses out on the UAE leg of the Vivo IPL 2021.

3 Possible Replacement for Ben Stokes in the Vivo IPL 2021 [Rajasthan Royals]:

#3. David Willey:

English pace all-rounder David Willey (3 Possible Replacement for Ben Stokes in the Vivo IPL 2021 [Rajasthan Royals])
English pace all-rounder David Willey.

The English all-rounder David Willey can fill up the void created by his English mate Ben Stokes. Willey has been brilliant in the limited opportunities he received. Rajasthan also seems to have some kind of weird obsession with English players, Willey can be seen donning the Royals pink jersey in the UAE leg of the IPL 2021.

Moreover, Willey is also a fine new-ball bowler and can effectively pick up wickets early in the innings. The batting all-rounder is also performing well in the ongoing The Hundred.

The cricketer has scalped 38 T20I wickets in 32 matches and has amassed 854 runs at an average of 22.47.

#2. Wanindu Hasaranga:

Wanindu Hasaranga (3 Possible Replacement for Ben Stokes in the Vivo IPL 2021 [Rajasthan Royals])
Wanindu Hasaranga.

The Sri Lankan spin all-rounder came into the limelight following his heroics in India vs Sri Lanka limited-overs matches. He impressed almost every single expert watching the matches and also knocked the doors of the IPL franchises.

His brilliant performance in the matches against India earned him the Man of the Series award in T20Is.

Hasaranga can pick timely wickets and will be a lethal weapon for any franchise he plays. Considering the fact that the second leg of the IPL 2021 is scheduled in the UAE which aids spin, Hasaranga can be quite effective. Moreover, the cricketer can score crucial runs with the bat as well and contribute to the team’s success. 

In the 21 T20I matches Hasaranga has picked up 33 wickets at an economy of 6.56 and an average of 14.45. With the willow in hand, he has scored 192 runs in 19 T20I innings he has got.

3 Possible Replacement for Ben Stokes in the Vivo IPL 2021 [Rajasthan Royals]

#1. Colin de Grandhomme:

Colin de Grandhomme.
Colin de Grandhomme.

The kiwi all-rounder is one of the most underrated all-rounders in world cricket. Colin de Grandhomme not only produces good shots with his bat but also knows to contribute with the ball. Grandhomme will be a perfect replacement as he fulfils all the needs of the Rajasthan Royals (RR).

The all-rounder will be crucial for the Royals during the middle overs as he throws several slower balls and deceive the batters. The surface in the UAE will aid spin and the pacers with express pace leak plenty of runs, Grandhomme with his slower balls can easily contain the batters and can also pick up wickets.

Moreover, the cricketer has a fine record in the T20Is for New Zealand. He has amassed 485 runs in 36 T20I matches and averages 17.96 which is considered good for a batter who comes at 6,7 and sometimes 8 positions. He has also scalped 11 wickets in the 19 innings in T20Is adding more value to his cap.

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