Ben Stokes is one of the best all-rounders in all formats of the game, nevermind the IPL. In fact, he is one of the most complete cricketers the game has ever seen. Stokes can bat, bowl and field well.
Stokes has not only been a vital player for England but also for domestic T20 franchises. He has been an ultimate match-winner for England in international cricket. Besides that, he has also played his part for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.
Not long ago, he took an indefinite break from all forms of cricket. He made this decision only to focus on his mental well-being. He also withdrew from his team’s five-match Test series against India. It also means that Ben Stokes will no longer play his part in the revised IPL 2021.
The second phase of the tournament will kick off in the UAE on September 19. Earlier, England Cricket Board made it clear that they completely stand by Ben Stokes’ decision. They also assured to assist with this break.
The ECB also wouldn’t want Stokes to strain himself with T20 World Cup 2021 slated to be held this year. The board would want him fit both physically and mentally for the showpiece event. Now, in this listicle, we will take a look at the three players who can replace Ben Stokes at IPL 2021.
1. Alex Hales
England international Alex Hales has been the real deal when it comes to the T20 circuit. The right-handed batsman is known for his batting exploits. He has proved time and again that he is one of the best in the business.
For sure, England’s limited-overs opener might be a worthy replacement for Ben Stokes. Talking about his stats, he has been brilliant with his batting. He played 60 T20Is scoring 1644 runs. Hales is someone who scores runs at a rapid rate of knots.
His strike rate of 136.66 serves as a testament to the fact. Moreover, he hasn’t played international cricketer for two years now. Despite that, he has been spectacular in several T20 leagues globally.
Hales also made his presence count in the IPL as he played some games for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018. Stokes would have opened the innings for Rajasthan Royals. However, in his absence, Hales could fit the bill.
2. D’Arcy Short
Australian international D’Arcy Short has proved time and again that he is a clear match-winner in the shortest format of the game. Short came under fire for his inability to fire in international cricket.
Needless to say, he has been quite sensational in the shortest format of the game. These many credentials under his belt make him a potential replacement for Ben Stokes at Rajasthan Royals’ camp.
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He offers a two-dimensional package to the team with the bat and with the ball. The batting all-rounder has aggregated as many as 642 runs in 23 T20Is at a batting average of 30.57. He took 3 wickets in 9 innings at an economy of 7.95.
3. Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga has been the talk of the town in the wake of his performances against India in the recently-concluded limited-overs series. He let his performances do the talking and was also adjudged the Player of the Series in the T20Is.
With plenty of weapons in his armoury, he is indeed a valuable asset in the truncated version of the game. The bowling all-rounder represented Sri Lanka in 21 T20Is where he took as many as 33 wickets.
He maintained a bowling average of 14.45 that is quite an impressive start to his career. Hasaranga maintained a superb economy of 6.56. With the second phase of IPL 2021 scheduled to be held in the UAE, the leggie would be licking his lips to pick wickets in crunch situations.
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