Prior to now few weeks, Joe Root and James Anderson have accepted that Ben Stokes is the ‘finest all-rounder’ they’ve performed with.
Stokes has been on a roll since January 2016 — slamming eight Take a look at tons and scalping 110 wickets.
After a dream season final 12 months which incorporates the World Cup victory adopted by the heroics within the Ashes — the 29-year-old is again in enterprise once more, scalping 9 wickets within the simply concluded Take a look at collection towards the West Indies.
Australia’s batting ace and Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith admits that Stokes has grown from power to power over time.
Earlier than becoming a member of Royals in 2018, Stokes performed underneath Smith’s captaincy on the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant. And having seen Stokes from shut quarters, Smith agrees that ‘it’s good to have such a top quality participant within the line-up.’
“We’ve got seen Stokes simply develop from power to power within the final couple of years. He has clearly had an unimaginable World Cup final 12 months and in addition not too long ago [playing the Test series] he bowled superbly and took wickets,” Smith stated, making it clear that he wouldn’t prefer to see Stokes so aggressive when Australia excursions England subsequent month. “He can preserve that for the IPL…” Smith joked.
Interacting with a choose group of media throughout a particular screening of Inside Story: A Season with Rajasthan Royals — a three-part documentary on the group produced by Crimson Bull Media Home — Smith admitted that Stokes is one such participant who’s all the time wanting ahead to newer challenges. “He’s taking part in unimaginable cricket. He needs to be concerned on a regular basis whether or not it’s with the bat, the ball or on the sector. He will get himself within the scorching spots and desires the ball to come back to him. These are the gamers you need in your group; they’re those who wish to step up within the strain moments when issues get robust,” he stated.
Royals’ teen, Riyan Parag, who has shared the dressing room with Stokes final 12 months, is in awe of his dedication. Reminiscing the instances from final season, the Assam all-rounder referred to Stokes as one of many ‘most hardworking cricketers.’
“On off days, we’d get up at 12pm and go to the group room. He can be in his sports activities attires, coming there for a drink (refreshments) after a gruelling fitness center session. He deserves all of that for all of the exhausting work he’s placing in,” the younger gun stated.
Smith hopes the upcoming IPL seems to be a “large season for him and the boys…”