Rajasthan Royals marquee player Ben Stokes has been ruled out for the remainder of the Indian Premier League’s 14th edition due to a broken finger. The England all-rounder suffered a devastating blow to his finger while attempting to dismiss Chris Gayle in RR’s opening encounter against Punjab Kings. With RR’s star all-rounder out from the season, here are top 4 players who can replace him at Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021:
Devon Conway (News Zealand)
The Southpaw has been in a great nick ever since he has stepped on the international platform. He has scored 473 runs in 14 matches at an average of more than 59. The Kiwi batsman can provide an attacking option to the side at the top order.
Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka)
Thisara Perera has already been a part of the IPL before and his experience can come in very handy for the premier IPL champions. Perea can be a perfect fit bowling crucial spells in the middle and also has the capability to hit the ball outside the park at down the order.
Marnus Labuschagne (Australia)
Marnus Labuschangne has been one of the prime pillars of the Australian batting lineup in recent years. Even his performance against India in the tour had been applauded by many. Knowing that he is a top-order batsman, RR could use Butler to open the innings, with Labuschagne handling the middle order.
Alex Hales (England)
Alex Hales is another big hitter of the ball and has the ability to give a blistering start to his team. Hales had a good BBL season can score runs at a brisk pace. Given RR are yet to decide their opening pair, Hales can be a pretty useful player at the top.
There is no doubt that Ben Stokes absence is a major blow to the Rajasthan side. However, RR would be hoping to get back Jofra Archer into their side during the business end of the tournament as he has been allowed to undergo ‘light’ practice sessions in the nets after successful finger surgery.