Ben Stokes has matured as a cricketer ever since his involvement in the Bristol night club brawl. The year 2019 belonged to Ben Stokes and he continues to grow into his game. Stokes not only was the hero for England in 2019 World Cup triumph but also led them to a famous victory at Headingley Ashes Test.
Former India cricketer Kris Srikkanth spoke about Stokes’ progress. He said that Stokes is currently the best all-rounder in the world by country miles and has shown his domination in all three forms of the game.
“Personally, I would have loved to see Ben Stokes in action. For someone who started as a bowler who could bat lower down, his progress to the top-order and his attitude at the crease is refreshing. To me he is the best allrounder in business by a country mile. That Stokes dominates in all three formats underlines his greatness,” Srikkanth wrote in his column for The Times of India.
“Not yet to be compared with the great allrounders of the past, Stokes has it in him to be counted as one of the best ever when he is done. The manner in which he shepherded the chase in the World Cup final or in the Test against Australia last season, Stokes also showed how strong he is mentally,” he added.
Stokes knock at Old Trafford against the West Indies displayed his maturity. Ben Stokes, the attacking all-rounder, adjusted his game and scored his slowest Test century. For most of the time Ben Stokes was batting at an average of nearly 35 which well complimented his patient partner Dom Sibley as they forged a key partnership.
Ben Stokes lost his wicket to Kemar Roach for 176 runs. His innings was laced with 17 boundaries and two hits over the fence as it helped the Englishmen post a dominating total of 469/9 before declaring their innings. Stokes after the match said that it was more than just instinctive play which has helped him grow his game.