IPL 2021: Really Miss Those Guys, Says Kumar Sangakkara On Stokes, Archer, Buttler Pull-Outs
England cricketers Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler will be missing in action for the Rajasthan Royals in the second phase of IPL 2021. The franchise has already named replacements but how the new signings would turn out, in UAE conditions, will be interesting to see.
Rajasthan Royals' director of cricket Kumar Sangakkara has also admitted that the team will miss the services of the trio. Speaking to IANS, Sangakkara said, "Well, the make-up of the squad has been different again because we've had a few pull outs from our players for various reasons – all understandable – you're looking players for the long term, as individuals, their lives, not just for one season of IPL."
Out of the three Englishmen, Archer is currently not a part of the national squad due to injury while Buttler, who is recently blessed with a child, and Stokes prioritised the upcoming T20 World Cup and the Ashes soon after.
"Jos Buttler has had a new addition to his family and we wish him the best. We really miss those guys because they've been brilliant because of what they bring to the franchise – not just on the field but also off it.
"Archer has had a huge miss in terms of cricket with his injury. We would really like him to get better. He's brilliant to watch when he's playing not just for RR, but generally in world cricket. I think world cricket needs Jofra Archer back in terms of him having been such a great performer and athlete," the former Sri Lankan cricketer said.
He further expressed hope on the new signings - West Indian duo of Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas, New Zealand cricketer Glenn Phillips and South Africa's left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.
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