England all-rounder Ben Stokes has taken an indefinite break from cricket and will miss the upcoming five-match Test series against India, which will start on August 4. The England Cricket Board (ECB) announced the same on Friday, July 30. The board informed that Stokes wants to focus on mental well-being. At the same time, his index finger will also get a chance to heal.
Stand-in England captain Ben Stokes has admitted that he has been surprised at how well a team chosen at the last moment for the ODI series against Pakistan has performed in the first two matches. England were forced to select a whole new team for the one-day series after seven members of the original contingent tested positive for COVID-19.
Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir has termed Ben Stokes as a player in a completely different league. According to Gambhir, no player comes close to Stokes on current form. Stokes hit a match-winning 176 in the second Test against West Indies to help the hosts level the series. Gambhir scored 313 runs and claimed nine wickets in the first two Tests.
In what can be termed as one of the greatest Test innings ever, Ben Stokes slammed an incredible 135 not out to single-handedly lift a miserable England to victory from an impossible position and keep the hosts' chances of claiming the Ashes alive. Thanks to Stokes' genius, the series is now tied 1-1 and the Aussies are shell-shocked.
Following the conclusion of the World Cup 2019, the ICC has named the team of the tournament. Only two Indians feature in the team -- Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah -- while losing finalist leader Kane Williamson will captain the side. The team features four from World champs England, two from New Zealand, two from Australia and one from Bangladesh.
To begin with, let's understand why the cricketing world is so fascinated by all-rounders.
In layman terms, you have a wicket-keeper who bats a bit and you have five batsmen and five bowlers. In effect, you have six people who can bat and five people who can bowl as their primary skill, out of the 11 players in the team. Now, if a couple of the batsmen can bowl a bit and a couple of bowlers can bat a bit, it gives immense balance to the side as the captain then has more options at his disposal.