Rajasthan Royals’ left-handed batsman, David Miller will be available for selection from their second IPL 2021 match onwards, which is against the Delhi Capitals on Thursday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
David Miller was unavailable for the first game against Punjab Kings as he along with 4 other South African players – Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, and Lungi Ngidi – arrived late because of their home matches against Pakistan. Not only the southpaw is out of quarantine but has also hit the nets.
David Miller, or Liam Livingstone to replace Ben Stokes?
The swashbuckling left-hander is likely to come into the eleven against the Capitals as the Royals have been handed a massive blow with the all-rounder, Ben Stokes, been ruled out of the entire tournament due to a finger injury in his left hand. Stokes sustained the injury against the Punjab Kings when he ran in from long-on and dived forward to take Chris Gayle’s catch.
Ben Stokes had bowled one for 12 runs and was dismissed for a 3-ball duck by Mohammed Shami while opening the batting.
Sanju Samson, the newly appointed skipper of the Rajasthan Royals, used as many as 8 bowling options, with only himself, Jos Buttler, and Manan Vohra were not called up to bowl against Punjab. The Royals were already without their ace pacer Jofra Archer, who is ruled out for at least the first 4 matches, and Stokes’ loss makes it even worse for the inaugural champions.
Chris Morris and Mustafizur Rahman played against Punjab. The Royals now have three other overseas players in Liam Livingstone, David Miller, and Andrew Tye to replace Stokes.
Considering that Ben Stokes was needed to bowl only a single over in the first match, and with plenty of bowling options at their disposal, it seems highly likely that the Royals will straightaway include David Miller in the eleven. Last season he played only a solitary game – got run out for a duck without facing a ball.
The Protea batsman has been in good touch of late having struck consecutive fifties against Pakistan in the ODI series, the second one off 27 deliveries, before flying to India for the tournament. They could also opt for Englishman, Liam Livingstone, who is a batting all-rounder and much known for his power-hitting.
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— David Miller (@DavidMillerSA12) April 14, 2021