Ace England all-rounder Ben Stokes had to walk out midway through the Test series against Pakistan in August to aid to his ailing father, who was diagnosed with brain cancer. Subsequently, Ben Stokes also missed the white-ball games against Pakistan and Australia, spending time with family in New Zealand. But he resumed bowling in Christchurch as per a video shared by him on Instagram.
Over the last year, Ben Stokes has become a crucial player for England across formats. The southpaw played an integral role in their World Cup victory last year and drawing the Ashes series at home after that. Stokes used his all-round abilities to effect a Test series defeat on the West Indies this summer after the Caribbeans took an early series lead.
As far as IPL 2020 is concerned, there remains a cloud of uncertainty over his participation. Andrew Mcdonald, who is the coach of Rajasthan Royals, stated they are ready to give Ben Stokes as much time he needs and respect their privacy. Stokes would arguably be critical to Royals’ chances and could be amongst the four first-choice overseas players alongside captain Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, and Jos Buttler.
Below is the video of Ben Stokes bowling:
Stokes’ first IPL stint was in 2017, playing for Rising Pune Supergiants and earned the player of the tournament award. He made 316 runs and took 12 wickets in 12 games. Having joined the Rajasthan Royals in 2018, the 29-year old’s form has drastically dipped. In 13 matches in 2018, he made 196 runs followed by 123 the next year. Hence, the New Zealand-born all-rounder would be keen to put on some impactful performances.