So, in the end, the coronavirus won. In spite of the best efforts taken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the 14th edition of the IPL had to be suspended. A number of players, including Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, Wridhimann Saha, and Amit Mishra were affected by the coronavirus, and there was no other option left with the BCCI but to postpone the tournament, keeping the safety of the players in mind.
Now, the BCCI has stated that there is a possibility that the IPL might once again be restarted in September. And, if the BCCI manages to once again restart the IPL in September this year, there are a few injured players who can return back to action.
In this article, let us take a look at 4 players who can make a comeback if the IPL is staged in the month of September this year.
4. Thangarasu Natarajan
Thangarasu Natarajan could play just 2 matches in the 14th edition of the IPL. The left-arm pacer’s knee injury aggravated again during the 2021 IPL season, and he had to go under the knife to repair his knee.
Natarajan could not make much of an impact in the 2 matches that he played in IPL 2021 and picked up just a couple of wickets. And, if the IPL is restarted in September, Natarajan can fully recover from his injury and make a comeback to the side.
The left-arm pacer was in scintillating form in the 2020 IPL season that was held in the UAE. He picked up 16 wickets for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) side last year and picked his wickets at a strike rate of 23.56. The ‘Orange Army’ will be hoping that Natarajan returns back to action soon.
3. Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes played just a solitary match for the Rajasthan Royals (RR) side in the 2021 edition of the IPL. The England cricketing stalwart suffered a fracture to his finger and as a result, flew back to England after featuring in just one match against the Punjab Kings (PBKS) side.
But then, if the IPL is staged in September, the all-rounder will have sufficient time to make a return to the cricket field. Stokes has accumulated decent numbers with both bat and ball in IPL cricket. While he has scored 920 runs in the IPL with the willow at an average of 25.56, he has also scalped 28 wickets in the tournament as well.
Needless to say, Sanju Samson and the Rajasthan Royals (RR) side will be hoping that they can once again avail the services of their premier all-rounder if the BCCI restarts the IPL in September.
2. Shreyas Iyer
The Delhi Capitals (DC) were dealt a massive blow ahead of the 2021 edition of the IPL after their regular skipper Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the tournament after suffering a shoulder dislocation. He even underwent surgery to repair his injured shoulder.
Iyer was in scintillating form in the 2020 IPL edition with the willow, and also played a pivotal role as skipper as well. Under Iyer’s stewardship, the Delhi Capitals reached the final of the 2020 IPL season. With the bat, Iyer scored 519 runs at an average of 34.60 and emerged as the 4th highest run-scorer as well. In the absence of Iyer, Rishabh Pant led the Delhi side in IPL 2021.
And, Pant did an excellent job for Delhi in Iyer’s absence. At the time of suspension, the Delhi Capitals are occupying the top place in the points table, and have won 6 out of the 8 matches that they have played. If the BCCI decides to restart the IPL in September this year, then Iyer can fully recover from his shoulder injury and make a comeback to the Delhi side.
1. Jofra Archer
The Rajasthan Royals (RR) received a massive setback ahead of the 14th IPL season after it was revealed that their pace bowling spearhead, Jofra Archer will miss the 2021 edition of the IPL due to an elbow issue. Archer had been the star performer with the ball for the Rajasthan outfit in the 2020 IPL edition that was held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
In the 2020 IPL season, the England pacer was the highest wicket-taker for the Rajasthan Royals (RR) side and scalped 20 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 18.25. And, in the 2021 IPL season, the Rajasthan outfit missed the presence of Archer.
The Sanju Samson-led side could win only 3 out of the 7 matches that they have played in IPL 2021 and are occupying 5th place in the points table. But then, if the IPL is staged in September, Archer would have recovered fully from his injury and can make a comeback to bolster the Rajasthan bowling attack.
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