IPL 2021: Will Jofra Archer return for Rajasthan Royals upon tournament resumption?
Jofra Archer is an English pacer who plays for England across formats and has been playing for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League since 2018. He suffered a hand injury recently, ruling him out of IPL 2021 while he contemplates return upon tournament resumption.
English pacer Jofra Archer has made a successful return to the County Championship, as playing for Sussex against Kent, he claimed 2/29, as the latter was shot out for 145. His performance proved that he has gained full fitness and is ready to return to the England bubble for the upcoming cricketing summer.
Archer was ruled out of cricket for just over a month after he underwent surgery on his right middle finger to remove a fragment of glass that was stuck after he had cut his hand while cleaning a fish tank at his home in January. Furthermore, he also had a troubled elbow during the tour of India.
As a result of the same, Archer was also ruled out of the entire Indian Premier League 2021 for Rajasthan Royals before the tournament was indefinitely postponed due to COVID breaches in the bubble. However, now that the competition would be completed later, Archer remains hopeful of featuring for the side once its resumes.
"If I did go to India, (I) probably would have home early anyway. Hopefully, if it (IPL) does get rescheduled for this year, I will be able to go again. It was a hard decision not to go to India. It was really unpredictable, I could have gone, but I don't know how many games would I have played," Archer was quoted as saying to Sussex on the team's YouTube channel.
"Rajasthan Royals and England supported me in my decision. You obviously build a good relationship as I have been the Royals for the last three years. Stokes too suffered a bit, I think going over his hand and I don't even know if he (is) going to be ready for these Tests against New Zealand," he added.
Archer would be aiming to be selected in the English squad for its upcoming home Test series against New Zealand. He is set to play a vital role in the five-Test series against India in August.
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