The Rajasthan Royals (RR) franchise has acquired South African fast bowler Gerald Coetzee as a replacement for Englishman Liam Livingstone who left the side due to bio-bubble fatigue. The latter had left for home on the 20th of April due to bio-bubble fatigue. RR had announced his decision and stated that they would provide him all necessary support. They however, did not name a replacement till today.
With regard to their performances so far, RR are currently on the 7th spot in the points table having won just two matches out of their first six. They are in desperate need of a turnaround in fortunes and they would hope tomorrow’s match against bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) is the start of what could be a winning run for them going into the second half of the league phrase.
Gerald Coetzee announced as replacement
The Indian Premier League released an official statement about Coetzee’s signing and wrote, “Rajasthan Royals have signed South African fast bowler Gerald Coetzee as a replacement for England’s Liam Livingstone for the remainder of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Coetzee has played eight T20 matches so far and has taken nine wickets at an average of 23.33 in the format. He has represented his country in two under-19 World Cups.”
RR have already lost four of their overseas players in Jofra Archer (injury), Ben Stokes (injury), Andrew Tye (pulled out) and Livingstone. Meanwhile, South African batsman Rassie van der Dussen has already joined the RR camp as a replacement for Stokes. Now, fellow South African Gerald Coetzee is also set to join very soon. It remains to be seen if there will be replacements for the other two players.