IPL 2021: With No Jofra Archer in squad, Rajasthan Royals have only 3 bowling options- England on Sunday announced a 14-member squad for the upcoming ODI series. Jofra Archer was not named in the squad. He is returning to England for management and investigation for a right elbow injury that he sustained during the Test series. According to the ECB, Archer’s elbow issue has worsened during the recently concluded T20 series.
Archer was unfit for the selection. The ECB medical team will assess the player and, together with Jofra, develop a treatment plan and a return-to-play schedule in due course. As a consequence, Jofra will miss the start of this year’s Indian Premier League.
The development comes as a huge blow to Rajasthan Royals ahead of IPL 2021.
IPL 2021: Why Jofra Archer’s absence will hurt RR most in IPL 2021?
Jofra Archer was their leading wicket-taker in the last edition of the cash-rich league, picking up 20 wickets in the competition last season. He has an economy rate of 6.55 and troubles even the best batsmen in the T20 tournament. In his IPL career, Archer has taken 46 wickets in 35 matches.
IPL 2021: Best 3 pacers for RR in absence of Jofra Archer
IPL 2021: Andrew Tye
Australia pacer Andrew Tye needs to lead the pack for Rajasthan Royals in IPL. Tye has scalped 40 wickets in 27 IPL matches at an economy rate of 8.46. He had scalped 24 wickets in 14 IPL matches for Punjab Kings in IPL 2018. RR would have that he repeat his heroics in the upcoming season.
IPL 2021: Kartik Tyagi
Kartik Tyagi made his IPL debut last year. He went to pick 9 wickets in 10 matches in the competition. Despite his economy rate of 9.61, Tyagi was quite impressive and preferred ahead of Unadkat in IPL 2020. Besides this, he had bowled well in the death overs beside Archer.
IPL 2021: Chris Morris
South Africa allrounder Chris Morris, the richest player of IPL, has scalped 80 wickets in 70 matches at an economy rate of 7.81. In the previous season, he featured in only 9 matches and took 11 wickets at an economy rate of 9.27. He is likely to bowl the death overs for RR in IPL 2021.
IPL 2021: Other bowling options
Among other bowlers, Rajasthan Royals pacer Jaydev Unadkat has played 80 IPL matches and scalped 81 wickets with an economy rate of 8.83. He featured in only 7 matches in IPL 2020 managing just 4 wickets in his tally. He failed to deliver for RR in the death overs. Besides this, Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman has played 24 IPL matches and picked an equal number of wickets. He has not played in the league in the last two seasons. He needs to adapt quickly if he is to play as the fourth overseas player in the squad.
RR Squad for IPL 2021
Sanju Samson (c&wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Anuj Rawat, Riyan Parag, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande, Jofra Archer, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, KC Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh