After Ben Stokes flew back to the United Kingdom following a finger injury, Rajasthan Royals suffered another blow. Batting all-rounder Liam Livingstone has left the Rajasthan Royals’ bubble due to fatigue accumulated over the past year. Liam Livingstone was expected to play in Ben Stokes’ franchise after the Royals’ first match; however, he has not got a game yet.
Rajasthan Royals re-signed Liam Livingstone in the IPL 2021 auction for INR 75 lakhs. The right-handed batsman impressed for the Perth Scorchers in the 2020-21 edition of the Big Bash League as he mustered 426 runs in 14 matches at 30.42, keeping a strike rate of 133.96, with three fifties. Livingstone also played a promising knock in the third ODI against India in Pune, albeit in a losing cause along with taking a wicket.
The 27-year old was part of the Royals in 2019 when he opened the innings for them on multiple occasions. He managed 70 runs in four matches, maintaining a healthy strike rate of 145.83. The inaugural IPL champions are yet to announce his replacement. As for Rajasthan’s performance in the current edition, they have lost two of their three games and are under reasonable pressure to bounce back. They suffered a stunning collapse in their last game against the Chennai Super Kings and were beaten by 45 runs.
Rajasthan Royals took to their official Twitter handle and confirmed the news, stating that Livingstone flew back home last night due to bio-bubble fatigue. The franchise respected his decision and vowed to support him the best way they could.
Below is Rajasthan Royals’ tweet:
Liam Livingstone has flown back home late last night, due to bubble fatigue accumulated over the past year. We understand and respect his decision, and will continue supporting him in any way we can.#RoyalsFamily pic.twitter.com/stYywf3tBW
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 20, 2021