IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals' Jofra Archer ruled out with finger and elbow injury
Jofra Archer is an English pacer who has been playing for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League since 2018. It happened to be his first stint in the IPL. To date, he has claimed 46 wickets in 35 games at an economy of 7.13, while he has not featured in IPL 2021.
English pacer Jofra Archer has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League 2021. The Rajasthan Royals pacer is currently recovering from a finger and elbow injury.
The elbow injury had compelled Archer to miss out on the One-Day Internationals against India, despite featuring in the Twenty20 Internationals with injections. Meanwhile, he underwent surgery on one of his fingers this month after injuring it while cleaning a fish tank at his residence.
The decision on Archer's IPL 2021 pullout was taken on Friday by the England and Wales Cricket Board. It confirmed that although Archer would be increasing the intensity of his training, he is expected to spend some considerate time in rehab, considering his long-term future.
"The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that England and Sussex bowler Jofra Archer will not play in the 2021 Indian Premier League. Archer returned to bowling this week with higher intensity, and the ECB and Sussex medical teams will continue to monitor his progress," said ECB in a release.
Archer is expected to recover completely during this time and be fit to return to competitive cricket by mid-may, playing for Sussex in the County Championship 2021. Meanwhile, RR is expected to look for suitable replacements. Archer is the third player to pull out of RR's 2021 campaign after Ben Stokes (broken finger) and Liam Livingstone (bubble fatigue).