IPL odds for Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes is arguably world’s best and most-damaging all-rounder in all forms of cricket.
The Durham-born player has become the hottest commodity in the Indian Premier League for two seasons in a row. He was bought by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping 12.5 crore (Rupees) in this season’s IPL auction.
The talismanic all-rounder first signed with Durham at the age of 18. He picked up the wicket of seasoned country professional Mark Ramprakash in his debut game in the County Championship and never looked back.
Stokes enjoyed two superb seasons with bat and ball in English County Championship before being selected for the England Lions side for the tour to Australia in 2013. Things went haywire as Stokes was sent back from the tour due to indiscipline and improper conduct.
That kind of controversy continues to follow Stokes. Issues off the field — including drunken assault — have seen the orange-haired marvel take time away from the game at the peak of his powers. England, and Rajasthan, will hope those outbursts are a thing of the past moving forward.
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About Ben Stokes
|Name||Ben Andrew Stokes|
|Age||26 (DOB June 4, 1991)|
|Born||Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand|
After earning his maiden call-up into England side for the 2013/14 Ashes against Australia, Stokes announced himself with a splendid hundred in the Perth test on a pitch that was a nightmare for batsmen. He matched his feats with the bat with similar impressive outings with the ball — signalling his arrival as a genuine all-rounder.
Stokes has produced consistently-good performances for England across all three formats and won games of cricket for his side. He has produced some mesmerizing performances in Test cricket, including 6 for 36 with the ball against Australia at Nottingham in 2015 Ashes series.
Stokes was on the receiving of a gut-wrenching finish to the 2016 T20 World Cup final when he was smashed for four consecutive sixes from West Indian Carlos Brathwaite. To his credit, he took his game to a new level following the tournament and quickly became the most expensive player in all of the IPL.
Ben Stokes’ career statistics
|Best bowling figures||6/22 vs. West Indies (2017)||5/61 vs. Australia (2013)||3/26 vs. NZ (2016)||3/18 RCB vs. KXIP (2017)|
|Highest score||258 vs. Sth Africa (2016)||102* vs. Australia (2017)||38 vs. India (2017)||103 vs. Gujarat (2017)|
Ben Stokes teams and franchises
Ben Stokes expressed his desire to play in the Indian Premier League in order to become a better player and adjust to different conditions. He became the most expensive player in the league in 2017 as he was bought by Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 14.5-crore. He justified his price tag by delivering superlative performances for his side.
The most memorable moment was his maiden hundred against Gujarat Lions. His bowling effort was not far behind as he produced his career-best figures to upstage Royal Challengers Bangalore in a game played in round-robin stages. He could not part of the playoffs of the competition due to international commitments for England. His consistently good performances saw Rising Pune Supergiants play their maiden final in IPL against Mumbai Indians.
He once again hogged the limelight in this year’s IPL auction and became the most expensive player to be sold. He was bagged by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 12.5 crore for 2018 Indian Premier League season. He will be keen to play and do well under Steven Smith who will lead the side for the coming season.