IPL 2021 – Rassie van der Dussen lined up as Rajasthan Royals replacement

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Franchise currently bottom amid injury and absence of three England squad members

Rassie van der Dussen, the South Africa batsman, is expected to join the Rajasthan Royals for the 2021 IPL season, as a reinforcement for the England pair of Ben Stokes and Liam Livingstone, who have both withdrawn from this year’s tournament.

It is understood that van der Dussen is currently awaiting his visa clearance before he can fly into India. Livingstone, who chose to withdraw due to bubble fatigue, returned home this week ahead of India being added on Friday to the UK government’s “red list”, due to the deadly second wave of Covid-19 infections which is currently sweeping the country.

If van der Dussen does secure his visa, he will embark on his maiden IPL campaign, having played previously only in the 2020 CPL and the 2013 Champions League T20.

Recently the 32-year-old became the oldest South African player to record a maiden ODI century in the first match of the home series against Pakistan.