Published: July 26, 2020 5:01:59 pm
Nobody in world cricket is even close to England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is “in his own league”, reckons former India opener Gautam Gambhir.
England’s World Cup hero Stokes has been in prime type in the ongoing Test collection in opposition to the West Indies. He scored a powerful 176 to assist England win the second Test.
He has a tally of 313 runs aside from 9 wickets in two Tests.
“You can’t compare anyone in India at the moment with Ben Stokes. Absolutely not, because Ben Stokes is in his own league,” Gambhir mentioned.
“What he has done in Test cricket, in one-day cricket, in T20 cricket, I don’t think so there’s anyone, let alone in India, there isn’t anyone who’s even close to him in world cricket at the moment,” he was quoted as saying in Star Sports present ‘Cricket Connected’.
The 38-year-old Gambhir mentioned Stokes is a cricketer whom each captain would love to have in his crew.
“That is the kind of impact player you need in every line-up. It would be a dream for every captain to have someone like Ben Stokes ? whether he’s batting, whether he’s bowling, whether he’s fielding,” mentioned Gambhir, who performed 58 Tests between 2004 and 2016.
Stokes led England in the first Test in opposition to the West Indies in the absence of Joe Root, although they misplaced the series-opener.
Talking about Stokes’ management qualities, Gambhir, a BJP Member of Parliament, mentioned, “He’s a frontrunner in his personal capability. You don’t want to be referred to as a captain to be a captain. You could be a chief by your individual performances as properly.
“So, I think there are a lot of guys would be actually looking to be like Ben Stokes, but unfortunately, there’s no one at the moment in world cricket.”
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