IPL 2021: Kumar Sangakkara stated English all-rounder Ben Stokes shall be used tactically with the ball.© BCCI
When it involves all-rounders, Rajasthan Royals (RR) have many choices to look upon however RR’s Director of Cricket, Kumar Sangakkara has opined that the majority of them could be used merely as batsmen within the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). For bolstering their Indian middle-order core RR purchased all-rounder Shivam Dube for Rs 4.40 crore, after selecting up Chris Morris for a file Rs 16.25 crore within the IPL public sale on Thursday. The Royals have already got Ben Stokes as their go-to all-rounder, however Sangakkara desires Dube and Stokes to focus extra on their batting.
“I think for us the focus on Dube is for his batting and if there is an opportunity 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 ability with the bat,” stated Sangakkara whereas replying to a question from ANI.
“In terms of 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 in terms of Stokes coming in and bowling, we have no doubt that he can deliver but we don’t want to bowl him all the time,” he added.
Morris will now be seen in a Royals shirt for the primary time since 2015 and Sangakkara, the previous Sri Lanka skipper desires to make use of the South Africa all-rounder in tandem with England pacer 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 terms of how we use Archer. Morris’ numbers when he is fit and strong has been best in all IPLs,” stated Sangakkara.
“Especially at the deaths his numbers are probably number one and in terms of the game impact, he is very much in the top bracket. His ability in that sense is very crucial for us,” he added.
The Royals additionally added Bangladesh left-armer Mustafizur Rehman to their fast-bowling arsenal for the season at his base worth of Rs 1 crore. Another left-armer added to the tempo brigade is Chetan Sakariya, the Saurashtra pacer who has already made a reputation for himself on the home circuit and the Royals had been fast to swoop in and get him for Rs 1.20 crore forward of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
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