Ben Stokes Leaves Rajasthan Bubble To Undergo Surgery, To Be Sidelined For 3 Months
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Ben Stokes Leaves Rajasthan Bubble To Undergo Surgery, To Be Sidelined For 3 Months

Ben Stokes has left the Rajasthan Royals bubble to head back home to undergo surgery on his injured finger.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has left the Rajasthan Royals bubble to head back home to undergo surgery on his injured finger and the franchise has wished him a speedy recovery.

Ben Stokes hurt himself while going for a catch in the Royals' first game BCCI/IPL
Ben Stokes hurt himself while going for a catch in the Royals’ first game BCCI/IPL

Ben Stokes Sidelined For Upto 3 Months After Left Index Finger Fracture

The allrounder sustained the injury during the Royals’ opening game, against the Punjab Kings, when he ran in from long-on and dived forward to take Chris Gayle’s catch in the tenth over of the Kings’ innings.

Taking to Twitter, Rajasthan Royals wrote, “Bye Ben. The all-rounder flew back home last night after a scan revealed that he’ll have to undergo surgery on his finger. Speedy recovery, champ.”

Ben Stokes was ruled out of the remainder of the IPL due to a finger injury. He has been sidelined for up to three months, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Friday. ECB also informed that a repeat X-ray and CT scan on Thursday revealed that Ben Stokes has a fracture of his left index finger and the all-rounder would fly home on Saturday for the surgery.

“England all-rounder Ben Stokes will be out for up to 12 weeks after a repeat X-ray and CT scan on Thursday revealed that he has a fracture of his left index finger,” the ECB said in an official statement.

Rajasthan Royals batsmen Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson
Rajasthan Royals batsmen Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson Photograph: BCCI/IPL

“Stokes, who is currently in India with Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, will fly home tomorrow. He will have surgery in Leeds on Monday,” the statement had further read.

The England all-rounder had sustained the injury during the game against Punjab Kings on Monday.

After Punjab’s captain keeper KL Rahul (91) and middle-order batsman Deepak Hooda’s (64) heroics had led PBKS to a gigantic 221/6, RR’s opening combination of Ben Stokes and Manan Vohra failed to provide them with a good start, and the duo was back in the hut with just 25 runs on the board.

Jos Buttler’s dismissal after scoring 25 off 13 balls left RR’s chase stuttering with the score at 70/3 from 7.3 overs.  Sanju Samson’s 119 almost gave RR a victory but they eventually fell 4 runs short.

Ben Stokes Batted With Discomfort In Rajasthan Innings As Rajasthan Loses To Punjab Kings By 4 Runs Before Beating Delhi By 3 Wickets

The incident occurred during the Punjab innings as Ben Stokes went forward to complete the catch of Punjab batsman Chris Gayle. Ben Stokes was visibly in pain even though he did come out to bat in the Rajasthan innings — a match which the Sanju Samson-led side lost by four runs.

David Miller's (62 off 43) and Chris Morris' cameo (36 off 18) lifted Rajasthan Royals to a last-over win over Delhi Capitals on Thursday. - BCCI/IPL
David Miller’s (62 off 43) and Chris Morris’ cameo (36 off 18) lifted Rajasthan Royals to a last-over win over Delhi Capitals on Thursday. – BCCI/IPL

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals clinched a thrilling win over Delhi Capitals, thanks to David Miller’s 62-run knock followed by Chris Morris’ cameo at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday. With 27 needed off the final two overs, Chris Morris stepped up to the occasion to take his side over the line with two balls to spare.

He hit two sixes off Kagiso Rabada’s penultimate over and accumulated 15 runs from it before hitting 2 sixes off Tom Curran in the final over. Earlier, left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat, making a comeback into the RR side, returned with brilliant figures of 3 for 15 in his 4 overs to restrict DC to a relatively low score of 148, batting first.

Brief Scores:  Rajasthan Royals 150/7 (David Miller 62, Chris Morris 36*; Avesh Khan 3/32) beat Delhi Capitals 147/8 (Rishabh Pant 51, Tom Curran 21; Jaydev Unadkat 3/15) by 3 wickets.