The 32-year-old England National Cricket Team star batter Joe Root has lavished ultimate praise on the red-ball captain Ben Stokes and labelled him as the “best all-rounder in the world.”
Benjamin Andrew Stokes took over from Joe Root as the Test captain of the side in 2022 and completely transformed England’s playing style in Test cricket. Under the captaincy of Stokes and the coaching of Brendon McCullum, England have become a dominant force in the purest format of the game and the Three Lions have won nine matches since they took over the team at the start of the English summer.
Stokes was highly impactful with both bat and ball in Tests in 2022 as he scored 870, including two centuries, at an average of 36.25. With the ball, he bagged 26 wickets in the year. Also, he was selected as the captain of the recently announced ICC Men’s Test Team of the Year 2022.
Stokes retired from ODI cricket in 2022 after scoring 2924 runs and picking up 74 wickets in the format. He, however, made a comeback to the T20I setup last year and played a key role in the side’s triumph at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. The 31-year-old all-rounder smashed an unbeaten 52 runs in the final of the World Cup against Pakistan to steer England to a victory.
In an interview with the TimesofIndia.com, Joe Root was asked whether Ben Stokes is the world’s best all-rounder. He responded:
“Yes. I’m biased. But yes. One thing that Ben can do is he can win a game on his own. He can turn things with the ball. He needs just one spell to turn things upside down. The other thing is his captaincy. We’ve seen how good a leader he is. He is a brilliant leader – both as a captain and as a senior player. He leads from the front and his actions, on the field, are just amazing.”
We’ve seen what he can do in pressure situations – Joe Root on Ben Stokes
Root said that Stokes is the best all-rounder in the world and he is capable of delivering consistent performances under tremendous pressure situations, which sets him apart from everyone else.
“He’ll do the hard yards. He bowls 10-over spells. He has put himself in the hotspot on the field in white-ball cricket. We’ve seen what he can do in pressure situations, especially with the bat. His Test innings in Headingley against Australia, or look at the World Cup finals, where he stood up in really big moments and delivered. For me, it’s very hard to replicate.
“You can look at numbers and you can look at stats, but it’s the frequency with which he stands up when it really matters. And that’s what sets him apart from everyone else. Yes, he is the best all-rounder in the world.”