Rajasthan Royals (RR) is likely to be without the services of their spearhead pace bowler Jofra Archer in their first four matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, as per a report by ESPNcricinfo.
After suffering from a rather unexpected and bizarre injury in the middle finger of his right hand after hurting himself while handling his fish-tank, England paceman Jofra Archer had to be sidelined from the second and fourth Tests against India of the four-match series between the two teams.
Although he played in all the matches of the five-match T20I series in India, he did so by taking cortisone injection and had to miss the three-match ODI series. Archer used the time to return home to get an older injury tended to.
The pacer had to undergo surgery on Monday to remove a fragment of the glass from his finger.
“They operated and found a small fragment of glass. It healed but there was part of the fish tank still in his finger. So, it was the right thing to do. We’ve got a clear window to do it as well. We wish him the best for his recovery,” England’s director of cricket Ashley Giles said earlier commenting on Archer’s surgery.
Doubts still loom over his availability for the entire IPL tournament, but it is expected that the pacer will play for the Royals after missing the first four games. RR is awaiting the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to give clearance to Archer to play in the tournament.