In a surprising move, Rajasthan Royals have roped in South African youngster, Gerald Coetzee to replace Liam Livingstone who walked away from the cash-rich league citing bubble fatigue.
He has been out of competitive cricket for a while, however, he is a bowling all-rounder in the making who has done a decent job for the Knights that has witnessed him claiming 24 first-class wickets and 10 List A scalps.
He also posted a rippling display while plying his trade for South Africa U19 when he went against India that saw him picking up three wickets at the miserly expense of just 19 runs.
His figures of 3 for 45 have also been equally impressive for the Knights that have actually gained him significant limelight. Rajasthan has so far been in the seventh position in the league table which will need something miraculous for them to gain a certain amount of traction before they can head to the knock-outs.
How would Gerald Coetzee impact Rajasthan?
Rajasthan lost two of its most impressive players in the form of Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes to injury already. Archer was a vital cog in their plans as his four overs were extremely crucial that would have bagged them early wickets in the powerplay while Ben Stokes is the best all-rounder in the world at the moment.
Gerald Coetzee is a decent fast bowler who can summon speeds up to 140 clicks consistently. He is also praised for his persistent line and length that creates an invisible prison around a batsman. He is also known for his crucial cameos with the bat towards the end of the innings.
This will plug the hole that Archer left in the side. Well, it definitely won’t be a void being filled, considering the fact that Archer is the best fast bowler in the world at the moment, however, those small drops can actually combine to constitute an ocean.