For England all-rounder Ben Stokes, the accolades and achievements keep on piling up and knows no bounds. On Friday, during the third day of the first Test between England and West Indies, Ben Stokes recorded yet another. He became the second-fastest all-rounder in the history of Test cricket to complete 4000 runs and 150 wickets.
It arrived when Stokes bagged his fourth scalp of the innings to claim the wicket of Alzarri Joseph. By doing so, the 29-year-old joined his fellow countryman Ian Botham and four other pantheons, who have achieved it. He was the pick of the bowlers for England, having finished with figures of 4-49 in 14 overs that also included five maidens.
Additionally, Ben Stokes reached the milestone in 64 games while West Indies’ Gary Sobers tops the list, having done it in 63 fixtures. Apart from Stokes and Sobers, Jacques Kallis, Kapil Dev, and New Zealand are their compatriots.
At present, Stokes is arguably one of the best all-rounders in the world and occupies the second spot in Tests, behind West Indian captain Jason Holder.
Ben Stokes tops the score as well for England:
In England’s first innings, their stand-in-captain valiantly fought with his 43 as the hosts got bundled out for 204. Only Jos Buttler with 35 was the other man to come up with a substantial contribution. Headlined by half-centuries from Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich, the tourists gained a handy lead of 114. Notable contributions also followed from Shamrah Brooks and Roston Chase.
At stumps, Dom Sibley and Rory Burns overcame nervous moments to reach 15-0 off ten overs, trailing by 99 runs. While both team’s captains have played vital roles for their side so far, they will have to once more to tilt the scales to their side’s favour.