Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals are yet to find an answer to ace all-rounder Ben Stokes’ availability for the ongoing edition. As we continue to ponder, Rajasthan Royals mentor Shane Warne has provided an update on Stokes’ participation in IPL 2020.
Meanwhile, Stokes has been going through some family issues after his father suffered from brain cancer. The Rajasthan Royals all-rounder is currently in New Zealand to be with his parents in these testing times. He missed that limited-overs series against Pakistan and the following series against Australia.
Ben Stokes to join Rajasthan Royals soon
There were speculations that Ben Stokes might miss the entire IPL 2020 after head coach Andrew McDonald admitted that they haven’t heard from the cricketer. Soon after that, reports have emerged that he might be available from the first week of October.
And now, Shane Warne has also dropped a hint that Ben Stokes might turn up for Rajasthan Royals very soon. Sharing his thoughts with Stokes’ family, Warne added the all-rounder’s addition will them a world of good.
“Hopefully, Ben Stokes would play a part this year, he’s a big loss and our thoughts are with him, but you know, add Ben to the team that played the other night and it looks a very very good side,” Shane Warne told PTI.
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Meanwhile, Ben Stokes addition will strengthen Rajasthan Royals’ middle-order, which lacks experience. The England cricketer has been in the form of his life since the World Cup last year.
Rajasthan drop points
After two back-to-back wins to start IPL 2020, Rajasthan Royals suffered their first loss against Kolkata Knight Riders on September 30. They failed to chase down 175 runs after a batting collapse. All-rounder Tom Curran tried his best with an unbeaten half-century but it was not enough to take his side home.
Rajasthan will hope to have their star all-rounder back in the side as early as possible. Incidentally, Ben Stokes has started training in New Zealand and has posted some pictures on his social media accounts.