Rajasthani Royals sign South African stimulant Gerald Coetzee to replace Liam Livingstone

Coetzee has been in eight T20 matches so far and has nine wickets to his name.

Gerald Coetzee. (Photo source: Twitter)

Recently, some cricketers have left the bio-bubble of IPL 2021 for various reasons surrounding COVID-19. However, Liam Livingstone of Rajasthan Royals left IPL 2021 citing bubble fatigue as the reason. In the latest turn of events, the Royals have recruited South African stimulator Gerald Coetzee as a replacement for the remainder of the season. The Royals would expect a change in their fortunes by welcoming the new pacer.

Speaking of Coetzee’s career, he’s been in eight T20 games so far and has nine wickets to his name. He scalped the wickets to an average of 23.33 in format and has also represented his nation in two U-19 World Cups. Chris Morris has led the Royals’ pace attack so far and it will be one thing to see if Coetzee has a chance in the XI to help him.

Speaking of the Royals’ journey in the 2021 IPL so far, they find themselves in seventh position on the points table with just two wins in six games. Their next match will be against Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 2 at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.

Their last match was against the reigning champions Mumbai Indians that they lost by seven wickets. They must resolve their intermediate issues before participating in their next matchup. Samson has shown great form and has raised his team on several occasions. He played a subtle 42-run on 27-ball stroke in their last game against MI, but unfortunately it resulted in a loss.

Sanju Samson after the Royals’ last game at IPL 2021

“Sure, a few short stitches, maybe around 20-25 short stitches. We were fine (with the bat) but we did not finish well. The bowlers did their job well, but as beaters we have to give them a good score to defend. It was a good wicket, the ball was coming in well and they (MI) hit really well, as a team we will have to score more points as a batting group. Trust yourself, play positive and fearless cricket – that’s all one should do, ”Samson said after the match.

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