Rajasthan Royal’s speedster Jofra Archer has been ruled out of the IPL 2020 due to the low- grade stress fracture in his right elbow. Jofra had picked up the injury in the first Test against South Africa at Centurion and the fast bowler subsequently missed the remaining three Tests of the series.
After the initial reports of the injury, Jofra was expected to be fit for the ongoing ODI series between England and South Africa. But with the latest reports revealing a stress fracture, the fast bowler from Barbados is set to be ruled out of action for atleast two to three months.
In the latest release on his injury, ECB stated, “He will now commence an injury rehabilitation programme with the ECB medical team with a view to be ready for the international summer campaign starting in June against West Indies in a three-match Test series,” on Thursday (February 6).
ECB’s statement all but confirms his absence in this year’s IPL 2020. Jofra will also miss England’s tour Sri Lanka in early March for two Tests. And with the IPL beginning later in the same month, the news has come as a major setback for Rajasthan Royals.
Jofra Archer is one of the first names in the playing XI of Rajasthan Royals. The speedster is go to bowler in the crunch situations. But this year Rajasthan Royals might found themselves hunting for a replacement for the speedster.
Speaking about Archer’s injury his Rajasthan Royals’ teammate Tom Curran said: “He’s obviously a world-class player and (it’ll be) very disappointing for him and obviously us at Rajasthan. But we wish him a speedy recovery and no doubt he’ll be back fitter, stronger and better.
“He’s obviously bowled quite a lot recently. If that has had an influence on it, I don’t know but there’s been a lot of fast bowlers who bowl quick and go through phases of getting injured. I think it’s just one of those things being a fast bowler. There’s going to be injuries along the way and unfortunately for him he’s picked up one now.”
Jofra has been phenomenal for the franchise since his debut in 2018. In the two seasons so far he has 26 wickets to his name with an economy of 7.53.