IPL 2021: 5 Players Whom Rajasthan Royals (RR) Can Target as Liam Livingstone's Replacement

Published - 21 Apr 2021, 12:22 PM | Updated - 27 Nov 2023, 04:46 PM

Liam Livingstone
Liam Livingstone (Image Credit: Instagram)

The England all-rounder Liam Livingstone who is part of the Rajasthan Royals squad for IPL 2021 has returned home due to fatigue issues in the bio bubble. This is going to add up to the worries of Royals who have already lost the services of Ben Stokes due to finger injury.

Liam Livingstone did not feature in the first three games of the IPL for Royals and was bought in the auction for his base price of 75 lakh. He is a good striker of the cricket ball and recently made into the England limited-overs team after some consistent performances. Rajasthan needs to bring their A-game into display under their new captain and Here are 5 possible replacements for Liam Livingstone in Rajasthan Royals camp.

5 Possible Replacements Of Liam Livingstone:

Devon Conway:

Devon Conway
Devon Conway[photo: Twitter]
The elegant left-hander Devon Conway has done really well for the New Zealand team in his limited opportunities and was expected to be picked in the IPL Auction. However, this will be a great chance if he can come into the Royals lineup who are looking for players who can take the game a long way and be consistent.

Conway has played 14 T20i games for New Zealand scoring 473 runs at an average of 59.1 and a phenomenal strike rate of 151.1. He is a very mature player and Rajasthan will need players like this in the inexperienced middle order. He could be the best possible replacement for Liam Livingstone.

Thisara Perera:

Thisara Perera
Thisara Perera. (Photo: Getty Images)

Thisara Perera is still a useful bag in the T20 format as he can offer with both bat and ball. He can bowl the tough overs at the death as well as can hit the big shots at the back end of the innings. Despite his inconsistency, he has lots of potentials to become a great finisher and is still playing for Sri Lanka in limited-overs cricket.

Perera has played in IPL in the past and has taken part in 37 games. He has scored 422 runs and has taken 31 wickets which is very decent considering the quality of the tournament. With two all-rounders leaving the squad, Perera could be an option for Rajasthan Royals at the moment in the absence of Liam Livingstone.

Adil Rashid:

Adil Rashid
England spinner Adil Rashid. (Photo: Getty Images)

The England leg spinner Adil Rashid is currently part of the England limited-overs squad and it was very surprising too in the IPL Auction when he went unsold. He has the better of the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, on most occasions which deserves a lot of credit and respect towards the bowler.

Rashid is a very clever bowler and has a lot of variations in his armoury. He bowls a very deceptive googly and is very effective in the shorter format. He is a wicket-taker and is not afraid to toss up the delivery to invite the batsman for a big shot. He is a handy batsman down the order and with no overseas spinners in the Royals squad, this could be the best time to bring in Adil Rashid.

Alex Hales:

Alex Hales
Alex Hales (Photo: IANS)

Alex Hales has been in the form of his life and is unlucky to miss out on a spot in the England limited-overs squad. The right-hander has been in terrific form in the recent Big Bash League and has been very consistent throughout the season to finish at the top of the run-scorers for the season.

He has been part of the IPL squads in the past but hasn’t had many opportunities to prove himself. This will be a great boost to his reputation in England and the IPL performances could certainly bring him back to the national side. He can play the long innings as well as bat in the middle order which the Royals need desperately.

Glenn Phillips:

Glenn Phillips
Glenn Phillips[photo: Twitter]
Glenn Phillips has been in good form for the New Zealand T20 team that played against Australia and this will be the best time for him to break into the IPL. He has played 25 T20i games for New Zealand scoring 506 runs at a strike rate of 149.7. He has hit a century already in the format alongside two half-centuries.

He can tonk the ball to all parts in the death overs and is a better option in the middle order. The 24-year-old still has a long way to go in his career and has shown a lot of promise in New Zealand set up already in the absence of senior players. Rajasthan might opt for the youngster to replace Liam Livingstone in the squad.