IPL 2021: Kumar Sangakkara reveals Ben Stokes won’t bowl much for Rajasthan Royals to avoid ‘burnout’


IPL 2021: Kumar Sangakkara said England all-rounder Ben Stokes will be used tactically with the ball.© BCCI

When it comes to all-rounders, Rajasthan Royals (RR) have many options to look at, but RR’s director of cricket Kumar Sangakkara believes most of them would only be used as batsman in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). To bolster their Indian mid-range core RR, the all-rounder bought Shivam Dube for Rs 4.40 crore after picking up Chris Morris for a record Rs 16.25 crore in the IPL auction on Thursday. The Royals already have Ben Stokes as their go-to all-rounder, but Sangakkara wants Dube and Stokes to focus more on their at bat.

“I think for us the focus on Dube is on his batting and if there is a chance for him to bowl it will be very rare or very few overs. Stokes is of course capable with the ball, but his role at the top of the order. is extremely crucial and his skill with the bat, ”said Sangakkara, responding to a question from ANI.

“As for his overs, we don’t want to burn him (Stokes) too much with the ball and use him tactically in areas where he can make a difference for us. So as for Stokes coming in and bowling, we no doubt like him, but we don’t want to bowl him all the time, ”he added.

Morris will now be in a Royals shirt for the first time since 2015 and Sangakkara, the former Sri Lanka skipper, wants to use the South African all-rounder in combination with English pacesetter Jofra Archer.

“Morris has a very specific role for us to play in supporting Archer. I think it gives us a lot more flexibility in the way we use Archer. Morris’s figures when he’s fit and strong were the best in all. IPLs, ”said Sangakkara.

“Especially among the dead, his numbers are probably number one and in terms of game impact he is very much in the top. His prowess in that sense is very crucial to us,” he added.


The Royals also added Bangladeshi left arm Mustafizur Rehman to their fast bowling arsenal for the season at his base price of Rs 1 crore.

Another left armman added to the pace brigade is Chetan Sakariya, the Saurashtra pacemaker who has already made a name for himself on the domestic circuit and the Royals were quick to get him for Rs 1.20 crore for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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