Ben Stokes is 'devastated' that a broken finger has ruled him out of the Indian Premier League and made him a major doubt for the start of England's summer.

The all rounder damaged his left index finger while fielding for Rajasthan Royals against Punjab Kings in their first match on Monday.

He required treatment after taking the catch in the deep to dismiss West Indies batsman Chris Gayle and subsequent X-rays showed that the 29-year-old had broken the digit and could yet require surgery on his return home.

“I'm devastated,” said the Mirror Sport columnist.

“To suffer a broken finger in the very first game is just devastating.

Ben Stokes broke his finger taking a catch on Monday

“It was great to be back out on the field playing for the Royals, but it can be a cruel game sometimes.”

Medics will only know what the next course of action will be after a second scan which should show more detail once the swelling has reduced.

And with ECB doctor Rob Young working for the Royals this season it makes the communication between the club and England much easier.

However what is already clear is that Stokes will not be playing any further part in the tournament this year and his involvement in England's Test series with New Zealand at the start of June is also in jeopardy.

Stokes required attention from medics immediately after the catch

If the break doesn't require immediate attention Stokes will stay and help his team-mates for at least the next week or so as part of the leadership group at the franchise.

In a statement the Royals added: “Everyone at Rajasthan Royals absolutely admires Ben for being such a huge asset and a valuable member of the Royals family, both on and off the field, and wishes him a speedy recovery.

“We are delighted that Ben would like to stay with the group to provide his valued support and inputs off the field.”

There is renewed hope that the Royals may get to see something of Jofra Archer this season too after he was given the all clear to resume bowling following his recovery from his own hand surgery, and to test his troublesome elbow.