Reports: Rassie Van Der Dussen Joins Rajasthan Royals As Ben Stokes Replacement
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Reports: Rassie Van Der Dussen Joins Rajasthan Royals As Ben Stokes Replacement

South African middle-order batsman Rassie van der Dussen has joined Rajasthan Royals for the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League.

According to a report published in Sportskeeda, Rassie van der Dussen has replaced the injured English all-rounder Ben Stokes and he is currently undergoing a seven-day quarantine.

The news of Van Der Dussen joining the Rajasthan Royals set-up comes at a time when the inaugural champions are not only grappling with their on-field performances but also with the absence of key overseas cricketers.

Rajasthan Royals coped a body blow at the start of the season when their star pacer Jofra Archer got ruled out for the first half of the season due to the surgery that he underwent on his right index fingers due to a freak fish tank incident.

Rajastahan Royals, Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer. Image-AFP via Getty Images

There were suggestions that Archer might return to the Rajasthan Royals squad later in the season but last week, it was confirmed that the fast bowler will miss the entire season.

The Royals copped another blow after their first game against Punjab Kings when all-rounder Ben Stokes got ruled out of the 14th season due to an injury he suffered while completing Chris Gayle’s catch.

A week later, all-rounder, Liam Livingstone pulled out of IPL 2021 due to bubble fatigue issues, leaving the Royals with just four overseas players in Jos Buttler, David Miller, Chris Morris, and Mustafizur Rahman.

Reports: Rassie Van Der Dussen Joins Rajasthan Royals As Ben Stokes Replacement
Rassie Van der Dussen [Image-Getty]
As for Rassie van der Dussen, the South African middle-order batsman has featured in a total of 19 T20Is, in which he has racked up 628 runs at an average of 41.86 and a strike rate of 138.63 with four 50+ scores.

Overall, Rassie van der Dussen has played 126 T20 games, in which he has accumulated 3824 runs at an average of 38.62 and a strike rate of 131.31 which includes 26 50s and three hundreds.

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