South African batsman Rassie van der Dussen will likely miss the opportunity to make his Indian Premier League (IPL) outing for the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the ongoing 2021 IPL if reports are to be believed. RR had contacted him to replace England’s Ben Stokes, injured and excluded from the tournament.
The Rajasthan Royals have a severe drought in foreign players as they have to deal with Mustafizur Rahman, David Miller, Jos Buttler and Chris Morris as they have lost Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer to injury and Liam Livingstone and Andrew Tye have withdrawn from the tournament due to COVID-19 issues in India.
Cricket South Africa reportedly refused Rassie Van Der Dussen NOC to play IPL 2021
Rassie van der Dussen was unsold in the 2021 IPL auction for its base price of INR 50 lakhs. The 32-year-old, who was named to replace England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes after being kicked out of the IPL due to a broken finger, but sadly Cricket South Africa refused to issue him with a no-objection certificate to play. in IPL 2021.
According to reports from ESPNCricinfo.com, Rassie Van Der Dussen had obtained a visa to travel to India but failed to obtain a no-objection certificate from his country’s cricket council.
Interestingly, Rassie Van Der Dussen, who scored 628 points in 20 T20I matches, had regained his form after suffering left quadriceps muscle fatigue ahead of the third ODI against Pakistan earlier last month.
RR appoints South African Pacer Gerald Coetzee to replace England’s Liam Livingstone
However, another 20-year-old South African, Gerald Coetzee, a fast bowler, who represented South Africa in the U19 World Cups, has been named Liam Livingstone’s replacement. He chose nine wickets in eight T20s. Coetzee arrived in India and completed his quarantine period, joining RR in training.
The Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in their final game which was held in Delhi on May 2, 2021. After being batted first, RR posted a whopping 220/3 on the back of the first century IPL by Jos Buttler. He made 124 balls in 64 with 11 fours and 8 sixes to his name. He also added 150 points with Sanju Samson as SRH bowlers were hammered in all games of Kotla.
SRH, in response, was only able to muster 165/8 with Chris Morris and Mustafizur Rahman picking three wickets each.
With this victory, RR moved up to 5e place in the points table with 3 wins and 6 points in 7 games.