Last Update on: July 18th, 2020 at 05:26 pm
Former Indian opening batsman Aakash Chopra has declared England cricketer Ben Stokes as the best all-rounder in the world across formats. That comes as little surprise after what Ben Stokes has achieved so far, especially in the last 12 months. Yet, the statement from Aakash arrives after a day, the southpaw scored his tenth Test hundred.
On day two of the second Test against the West Indies in Manchester, Ben Stokes made the slowest hundred of his Test career as England got themselves to a commanding position. His hundred came off 255 deliveries while his marathon knock ended in the 356th ball for 176. Stokes clattered 17 fours and two sixes, mowing the ball all over the park.
Aakash rated Shakib Al-Hasan as the second-best while Ravindra Jadeja follows him at third. While the veteran Bangladesh all-rounder remains banned for two years, his stellar show in the 2019 World Cup has risen his stocks exponentially. On the other hand, Jadeja is not only a remarkable fielder but can turn matches with the bat and ball.
There is no doubt that Ben Stokes is the number one all-rounder in the world across all formats: Aakash Chopra
In his Youtube channel, Aakash Chopra unequivocally rated Stokes as the best and the number one all-rounder at present across formats. The 42-year-old added that he has an average of 43 and 59 in Tests and ODIs respectively in the past two years. He also commended the Kiwi-born’s bowling average across two formats, which stands out.
“At this point in time, there is no doubt in my mind that Ben Stokes is the number one all-rounder in the world across all three formats. He has an average of 43 in Tests, 59 in ODIs over the last two years. He has a good bowling average across all formats as well, there is no doubt that Stokes is the number one all-rounder in the world across all formats,” Chopra stated.
As for England’s fortunes in the Wisden Trophy, their chances could be fading of reclaiming it as the third day of the second Test is on the danger of getting washed out.
Headlined by twin-centuries from Stokes and Sibley, the home side declared at 469 before Sam Curran dismissed John Campbell late in the second day.