A New-Zealand born cricketer, 2019 World Cup hero Ben Stokes, turned 29 on Thursday. Stokes’ with his outrageous batting display and ability to combat an opponent, an exhibition of which he put up at the Headingley Ashes Test, has grown up to become of the finest all-rounders of the modern-era.
He was born on this day, in 1991, at Christchurch in New Zealand. He learnt the art of cricket after moving to North England with his family when he was 12. Stokes started playing cricket with local teams near his province.
Ben Stokes: As a player
Ben Stokes is an attacking batsman with the ability to bowl right-hand medium-pace. He bats with the opposite hand. Stokes has proved to be a crucial cog in the English line-up. He has the ability to play cameo knocks to contribute quick runs for the side. His combative nature and knack to provide breakthroughs in the middle overs also makes him an essential in the longest format of the game.
Stokes has played 63 Tests, 95 ODIs and 26 T20Is for the national team. He has amassed over 4000 runs in the longest format with an average of 36.54. In the ODIs, he has scored 2682 runs at an average 40.63. In the shortest format, he is still to hit a half-century, scoring 305 runs at an average of 17.94.
Ben Stokes: What is he up to now?
Ben Stokes is one the first players to resume training for England. He is likely to lead the English side in the first of three-match Test series against the West Indies as regular skipper Joe Root will stay home for the birth of his second child.
Ben Stokes: Lesser known facts
Ben Stokes comes from a sporting family. His father was a renowned rugby player and coach. They moved to England after his father was appointed the coach of Workington Town rugby league club. Stokes, himself, was a good rugby player till 14 but he chose cricket over as he started to enjoy the sport more.
Stokes has an aggressive nature. He was not only involved in a Bristol night club brawl but once broke a locker during the third T20I against the West Indies in 2014. It came out of frustration after he was sent packing for a first-ball duck.
Stokes has motivational tattoos on his arms, one of which reads, “being the best that you can be is only possible if you desire to be a champion and your fear of failure is non-existent”.
The 29-year-old holds the record for second-fastest Test double century after Nathan Astle, quickest 250, and the highest individual score for a batsman at No.6. In 2017, he was highest-paid cricketer in the Indian Premier League (IPL).