In what comes as a good news for IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals, their star allrounder Ben Stokes is likely to be available from the first week of October, according to a report. It was feared that RR may have to go through IPL 2020 without Stokes who is in New Zealand with his ailing father. Also Read - IPL 2020 Updated Points Table After Match 38 Between KXIP vs DC, Dubai: Punjab Jump to No 5; Shikhar Dhawan Zooms to No 2 With Historic Century in Orange Cap Race, Kagiso Rabada Retains Purple Cap
According to Gulf News, Stokes may arrive in UAE by early October and could be part of 10 IPL matches. Also Read - IPL 2020 Highlights, KXIP vs DC, Match 38, Dubai: Pooran's 28-Ball 53 Overshadows Dhawan's Historic Ton as Punjab Beat Delhi by Five Wickets
Stokes left a series against Pakistan at home midway after being granted leave by the England and Wales Cricket Board on compassionate grounds. His father Ged has been diagnosed with brain cancer, a news that left the England allrounder sleepless. Also Read - IPL 2020: Shikhar Dhawan Creates History, Becomes First Batsman to Hit Two Straight Centuries
Recently, Stokes began practising in New Zealand raising hopes he’s getting himself ready for the IPL which got underway from September 19 in the UAE.
RR though began their campaign on an excellent note as they beat Chennai Super Kings by 16 runs in a high-scoring affair.
Meanwhile, another RR star Jos Buttler is likely to start practising from Thursday after completing his mandatory quarantine period. He arrived with his family in a separate flight meaning he had to miss RR’s season opener.
RR fans will be salivating at the option of all their star overseas cricketers available for selection considering the show they put up without Stokes and Buttler against a strong CSK. Batting first, RR posted a mammoth 216/7 thanks to fifties from Sanju Samson and captain Steve Smith.
In reply, barring Faf du Plessis, no other CSK batsman managed a significant total as CSK scored 200/6 in their 20 overs.
RR will next take the field on September 27 in Sharjah when they take on Kings XI Punjab.