5 Players who can replace Jofra Archer in IPL 2021 UAE Leg

The second leg of IPL 2021 gets underway on September 19.

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Jofra Archer

Jofra Archer. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

England speedster Jofra Archer won’t participate in the second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 due to his elbow issues. The right-arm pacer didn’t play regular cricket for the last couple of years all thanks to his elbow injury. His wound deteriorated even further during the five-match T20I series against India earlier this year. The injury even forced him to pull out of the now-postponed IPL 2021.

After undergoing surgery on his left elbow, Archer made a brief comeback in May and played some domestic matches. While many fans expected him to get back in action soon, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) shattered their hopes by announcing that Archer is ruled out for the entire year.

Archer’s unavailability is indeed a major setback for Rajasthan Royals as the pacer has been a vital cog of the team ever since making his IPL debut in 2018. He was even named the Most Valuable Player in IPL 2020. Hence, his absence could dent RR’s chances of getting the glory in UAE. Notably, the Royals were fifth in the team standings at the time of season suspension, having won three of their seven games.

Meanwhile here’s a look at 5 Players who can replace Jofra Archer in IPL 2021 UAE Leg

1. Wanindu Hasaranga

Wanindu Hasaranga bowling
Wanindu Hasaranga bowling. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

The Sri Lankan Leg-spinner has been the talk of the town lately. Wanindu Hasaranga delivered some sensational spells during the recently-concluded T20I series against India as the Lankan Lions registered a famous 2-1 win. Hasaranga isn’t a massive turner of the bowler but relies on his accuracy and variations to get the better of batters.

The leggie doesn’t tend to leak a lot of runs and his happy knack of taking regular wickets makes him a captain’s delight. As far as his T20I numbers are concerned, Hasaranga has scalped 33 wickets in just 21 games at a sensational economy rate of 6.56. With the remaining tournament taking place in the spin-friendly conditions of UAE, the Lankan star would be an apt inclusion in the RR side.

Not to forget, Hasaranga can also contribute with the bat. On many occasions, he has helped Sri Lanka with his blitzes lower down the order. This means his inclusion in the playing XI would give depth to the batting line-up as well.

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