Champion England all-rounder Ben Stokes is all set to be out of action for close to 12 weeks following the finger injury that has ruled him out of the entire season of the Indian Premier League.
Stokes, who features in Rajasthan Royals’ opening encounter against the KL Rahul-led Punjab Kings at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, injured himself while completing a catch in the deep to dismiss ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle.
Stokes was immediately ruled out of the competition and now another round of X-Ray and scans have revealed that the Durham all-rounder has a fracture in his left index finger.
Stokes was in the Rajasthan Royals’ dug-out during his sides’ fixture against Delhi Capitals on Thursday. He is set to fly back home on Friday (today) and his surgery is scheduled in Leeds on Monday.
Meanwhile, Ben Stokes’ absence did not hurt Rajasthan Royals in their second fixture against Delhi Capitals as his replacement- the South African swashbuckler David Miller- played a stellar role in helping the Royals’ get over the line.
Chasing 148, Rajasthan Royals were in more than a spot of bother, having lost half their side for 41 but Miller, who was playing just his second game for the Jaipur-based franchise, dug in and proceeded to smash a 43-ball 62.
Miller was eventually dismissed by Avesh Khan but his South African teammate Chris Morris did the job as he smoked four sixes in the final two overs to seal the deal.