Rajasthan Royals has been banged with the ruling out of the team’s premier fast bowler Jofra Archer due to an elbow injury. The Royals were holding on the hope that the 24-year-old pacer might play at least 3 or 4 matches but the recent development of Archer’s medical has crashed their all high hopes. Read more about Archer’s Exclusion and IPL 2020 Latest News.
The team is now looking for a competitive player that can replace Archer effectively.
Here are 5 top players who could be a better replacement of Jofra Archer:
5- Matt Henry: Henry played extraordinarily in IPL 2020 where he took 14 wickets, but even after his amazing performance the Kiwi pacer’s career couldn’t get the right lead due to several injuries. However, after Archer’s exclusion from the team, he might get a chance to play in IPL 2020.
4- Mark Wood: The player didn’t feature in IPL 2019 but represented headstrong Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2018. Wood went unsold in this year’s auction. But, now as Archer is out of the game, Royals might consider bringing him in.
3- Daniel Sams: The highest wicket-taker of Big Bash 2019-20, Sams can take place in the absence of Archer for the Royals. The Australian fast bowler picked up 30 wickets in 17 games at an astonishing average of 15.40. The team can also reap the benefit of his batting down the order along with his good bowling show at the death.
2- Jhye Richardson: Richardson is a young player who has taken 24 wickets in 13 ODIs. He was also a part of the Australian World Cup Team but was ruled out due to a shoulder injury. However, the 23-year-old is healthy and all fit to conquer the cricket ground. Therefore, he can become a decent replacement of the Jofra Archer.
1- Anrich Nortje: The player grabbed IPL fans’ attention when he was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders in 2019. But, he was also ruled out of IPL 2019 due to a severe shoulder injury. However, after recovering from the injury he has been performing brilliantly for the Proteas. The player is now fit and can become the top choice for Rajasthan Royals.
Other than these excellent fast bowlers Rajsthan can also consider picking up Alzarri Joseph or Kesrick Williams. Alzarri Joseph found no buyers in IPL 2020 auction after being released by MI in 2019. The Royals can pick him up to enhance their young squad. Kesrick Williams also went unsold in this year’s auction. The West Indies star brings a wide range of variations with him.