IPL 2021 is not even a week away to restart its second leg and the share of troubles for Rajasthan Royals seems to continue their way.
Rajasthan Royals are already in a challenging position, as they will be missing the services of their top-class overseas players due to various reasons.
Rajasthan Royals to miss their overseas strength
England’s troika of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer won’t be available for the Rajasthan outfit in the second phase of IPL 2021 in UAE.
Archer was ruled out before the start of the IPL season due to an elbow injury and last month the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed that the Sussex bowler was ruled out of the entire 2021 season.
On July 30, ECB announced that all-rounder Ben Stokes will take an indefinite break from all forms of cricket to prioritise his mental health.
Meanwhile, Buttler will spend some quality time with his second newborn child, for which he had also skipped the fourth Test against India at the Oval.
Evin Lewis injury major concern for Rajasthan Royals
If these issues are not enough concerns for the Rajasthan Royals team management, then they face another threat as West Indies opener Evin Lewis is vulnerable to injury.
Lewis, who was signed by Rajasthan Royals at the start of this month, injured his left shoulder while fielding in the CPL final match between St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs St Lucia Kings.
In the fifth over of St Lucia innings, Lewis dived towards his left at the backward point position in order to stop a Rakheem Cornwall boundary, which he failed to do so.
After the ball, Lewis was seen in huge pain as all of his teammates gathered around him before he walked off the pitch.
Yet, the left-handed batsman opened the innings with Chris Gayle but could only add six runs to the scoreboard as his innings was halted by a breathtaking catch by Roston Chase.
There is no statement by the team and the player as of now regarding how serious the injury is.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots eventually won the match by three wickets to emerge as the CPL champions in its ninth edition.
Rajasthan Royals will resume their IPL campaign against Punjab Kings on September 21 in Dubai.