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Ben Stokes : The Next Generation’s Botham

Arguably one of the most complete all-rounders of the modern era, Ben Stokes's energy is infectious and there are no dull moments when he is on the cricket field. While Stokes is capable of playing a big innings and clearing boundaries easily, he is also equally good with the ball. He is moderately quick and has a habit of providing breakthroughs for the team when nothing else seems to work.

England Cricket and fans are very fortunate to have such a talented player gracing the cricket field, doing extraordinary things and giving everyone watching an exciting show almost every time.

  • Personal Details
  • Current Rankings
  • Career Beginning
  • Career Summary
  • Captaincy Record
  • Bio
    • Early Life
    • Start of Domestic and International Career
    • Rise in Test Cricket
    • Twin World Cup Disappointments
    • Turning Potential into Performances
    • Another Round of Setbacks and Comeback
  • Records and Achievements
    • International Cricket
    • League Cricket
  • FAQs

Personal Details

Name Ben Stokes
Date of Birth 4th June 1991
Birthplace Canterbury, New Zealand
Height 6 ft 1 In
Playing Role All-Rounder
Batting Style Left-Hand Batsman
Bowling Style Right-Arm Fast Medium
Teams Played For England, Canterbury, Durham, England A, England XI, Rajasthan, England Under-19, Melbourne R, England Lions, Pune, Northern Superchargers

Current Rankings

ICC Rankings Test ODI T20
Batting 12 24 -
Bowling 29 67 74
All-rounder 2 2 12

Career Information

Test Debut vs. Australia at Adelaide, Dec 05, 2013
ODI Debut vs. Ireland at Dublin, Aug 25, 2011
T20I Debut vs. West Indies at Oval, Sep 23, 2011
Indian T20 League Debut vs. Mumbai at Pune, Apr 06, 2017

Career Summary

Batting

Format M Runs HS Avg SR 100 200 50 4s 6s Ct
Test 71 4631 258 vs. SA 37.04 58.12 10 1 24 562 79 81
ODI 98 2817 102* vs. Aus 40.82 95.26 3 0 21 225 86 46
T20I 34 442 47* vs. SA 20.09 136.84 0 0 0 34 20 15
IT20L 42 920 107* vs. Mumbai 26.28 135.09 2 0 2 79 32 20

Bowling

Format M Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 3W 5W
Test 71 163 6/22 vs. WI 3.31 31.39 56.9 10 4
ODI 98 74 5/61 vs. Aus 6.02 41.09 40.97 9 1
T20I 34 19 3/26 vs. NZ 8.78 37.74 25.79 1 0
IT20L 42 28 3/15 vs. Kolkata 8.53 34.36 24.18 3 0

Ben Stokes’ Bio

Early Life

Benjamin Andrew Stokes was born on 4th June 1991 in Christchurch, New Zealand, and is the son of former rugby league player, Gerald Stokes, who represented New Zealand in international Rugby Leagues. He moved to England at the age of 12 after his father was appointed the head coach of Workington Town rugby league club. He grew up in the small West Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, attending Cockermouth School and playing cricket for Cockermouth Cricket Club.

He won the North Lancashire & Cumbria Cricket League Premier Division Title with the club as a 15-year-old in 2006. As of 2013, his parents have moved back to New Zealand and again reside in Christchurch, along with Ben's brothers.

Start of Domestic and International Career

His sublime talent was clear from an early age and it was no surprise when he signed on a county contract with Durham at the age of 18. He made his ODI debut against Surrey in 2009 and took the wicket of Mark Ramprakash with his third delivery. He played a couple of youth Tests against Bangladesh and excelled with both the bat and the ball. His talent was further noticed in the 2010 U-19 WC where he registered a century against India. He made his First Class debut against MCC at Abu Dhabi in 2010, scoring his first fifty and picking up a wicket.

He had a wonderful 2011, making a lot of runs and taking wickets at the same time and was eventually named in the England ODI squad for the one-off match against Ireland and the home series against India. He made his debut against Ireland in August 2011. He also made his T20I debut in the same year in September against the West Indies. His all-round game saw him being ear-marked as the one to eventually fulfill the all-rounder's role left vacated since the retirement of Andrew Flintoff.

Rise in Test Cricket

After performing consistently in the shorter formats for England, Stokes was selected in the England Test side for the Ashes Down Under, in 2013. He made his debut in the second Test at the Adelaide Oval and hit a brilliant maiden Test century in the third Test at Perth. Stokes also bagged a 6-wicket-haul in the first innings of the fifth Test.

Stokes had a fantastic series, finishing as England's second-highest wicket taker with 15 wickets and third-highest run scorer with 279 runs. He was the silver lining in what was a disastrous series for England, who suffered a humiliating 5-0 whitewash.

Twin World Cup Disappointments

After the high of 2013, Stokes did not have a good 2014 as he struggled for form and consistency throughout the year and was eventually dropped from the team. He missed out on the 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh due to a freaky hand injury in the locker room during the T20I against the West Indies.

He also missed out from being part of the 2015 World Cup squad due to poor form. The tournament ended disastrously for England, who went out in the group stages. However, that failure embarked the team to change their playing style and the ”New England” project was set in motion. The plan was to play fearless attacking cricket and Stokes has been a major component of that project since then.

Turning Potential into Performances

After a string of low scores at the international stage, Stokes showed his class and quality with a brilliant century against New Zealand at Lord's in a Test match. It was the fastest ever Test century scored at Lord's and the second-fastest by an England batsman overall, taking just 85 deliveries. It was just the kick-start that his career required.

During the 2015 Ashes series, he was in prime form against Australia at Trent Bridge when he picked up 5 wickets as the hosts reclaimed the Ashes. During the tour of South Africa later in the year, he played another world-class Test innings, where he scored the second-fastest double century in Tests, off just 163 balls. He ended up scoring 258 runs, his highest score in Test cricket till date. After this series, he became a permanent member of the English XI.

Another Round of Setbacks and Comeback

In the 2016 World T20 held in India, he ended up conceding four consecutive sixes to Carlos Brathwaite, and England were denied the trophy in the most heart-crushing fashion. However, another setback was to follow in Stokes' career in 2017. In the month of September, Stokes got involved in a controversy. He got into a fist-fight with two people outside a bar along with teammate Alex Hales and was charged with a suspension of 8 matches, but the decision was later overturned. Subsequently, he was omitted from the Ashes 2017-18 tour where England was humiliated 4-0.

On 20th February 2017, Stokes was bought by Pune for ₹14.5 crores. He made his maiden T20 hundred against Gujarat, getting 103* in 63 balls with 7 fours and 6 sixes. He was adjudged the Man of the Match a record three times in 14 games before he left for national duty. For his performances in the 2017 season, he was named in the Cricinfo and Cricbuzz XI of the season. In the auction of 2018, he was bought by Team Rajasthan for ₹12.5 crores, becoming the most expensive player of that auction.
Stokes finally had his moment in the sun during the 2019 World Cup in England. The all-rounder showed immense form and contributed superbly with both bat and ball. His catch to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo in the opening match against South Africa has been described as "one of the greatest catches of all time." Stokes produced multiple standout performances with the bat later in the group stage. The defining moment though was the World Cup final where Stokes scored unbeaten 84 runs to take his side to the Super Over. He was chosen the Player of the Final for playing a crucial role for him to win the title. He was named in the Team of the Tournament for the 2019 World Cup by the ICC.

In the third test of the 2019 Ashes at Headingley, Stokes managed to overturn England’s slim chances for victory with an unbeaten 135* in a record pursuit of 359 runs. His innings has been described as "one of the greatest innings of all time" and the "greatest ever played by an Englishman". Stokes' innings was rated by Wisden as the Greatest Hundred of the Decade (2010's). He was named as England's Player of the Series as he ended the series as England's top run scorer with 441 runs, scoring 2 hundreds and 2 fifties while also taking 8 wickets. With age on his side, it is expected that Stokes will end up as one of the game's greatest all-rounders of all time. For that to happen though, he will have to get a grip over his discipline, an issue that has hounded him aplenty over the years.

Records and Achievements:

Stokes is at his peak right now and it can’t get any better for him. He is a match-winner for England and will be important in winning them more world titles in the near future.

The following are some of his key records and achievements so far:

  • He was adjudged the Player of the Match in the final in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
  • He scored the second-fastest Test double hundred, in terms of balls faced, and the fastest 250 in Tests
  • He was part of the highest Test partnership for the sixth wicket. He achieved this feat against South Africa during the partnership of 399 runs with Jonny Bairstow.
  • He became the second cricketer after Ian Botham to have over 4,000 runs and over 100 wickets in Tests for England.
  • For his performances in 2016, Stokes was named in the World Test XI by the ICC and Cricinfo. He was also named in the ODI XI of the year 2016 by Cricinfo.
  • He was named as the ICC Player of the Year at the 2019 ICC Awards.

Frequently Asked Questions

When did Ben Stokes make his Test debut?

Stokes made his Test debut in the 2nd Test of the 2013-14 Ashes series in Australia. It was at Adelaide Oval on 5th December, 2013.

Was Ben Stokes born in New Zealand?

Ben Stokes was born in Christchurch, New Zealand on 4th of June, 1991.

When did Ben Stokes move to England?

Ben Stokes moved to England at the age of 12 after his father was appointed head coach of Workington Town Rugby League Club. He grew up in the small West town of Cockermouth

Has Ben Stokes received the knighthood?

Ben Stokes is set to become Sir Ben Stokes for his heroics in the 2019 World Cup, which was won by England for the very first time.

How much did Ben Stokes get paid in the Indian T20 league?

Stokes was bought by the Rising Pune Supergiants in the 2017 Auction for ₹14.5 Cr. He was bought by Rajasthan Royals for ₹12.5 crores, becoming the most expensive player in the 2018 auction.


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