Ben Stokes has been ruled out of IPL 2021 due to a broken finger.
IPL 2021 Ben Stokes, Rajasthan Royals all-rounder, has been ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 with a broken finger. Rajasthan Royals took to Twitter to announce the news.
"Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes injured a finger on his left hand while fielding during the teams 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," Rajasthan Royals said in an official statement.
"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," the statement further read.
Rajasthan Royals also announced that Stokes has decided to stay with the team and they will soon look for a replacement for the England all-rounder.
"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," the official statement read.
Ben Stokes has been ruled out of the IPL following a broken finger in last nights game. ?— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 13, 2021
He will stay with the Royals and support the rest of the group in the upcoming matches. ?#RoyalsFamily | @benstokes38 pic.twitter.com/WVUIFmPLMJ
Stokes bowled just one over against Punjab Kings on Monday and was looking in a bit of a discomfort after he completed a low diving catch to dismiss Punjab Kings Chris Gayle.
The 29-year-old carried on playing but did not bowl in the match afterwards. With the bat, Stokes lasted for just three deliveries before he top-edged one that landed in the hands of Mohammed Shami.