Ben Stokes

England
Age
June 4, 1991 (30 years)
Role
All Rounder
Birth Place
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Batting Style
Left Handed
Nationality
England
Bowling Style
Right-arm fast medium

A prodigy set to accomplish great things, Ben Stokes is considered England’s greatest asset in the 21st century. A hard-hitting batsman, a brilliant bowler and a terrific fielder, Ben Stokes is a perfect example of a modern-day cricketer who juggles three formats. A fantastic Test player, a World Cup winner in ODIs and a stereotypical T20 player, Stokes has established himself as a superstar in World cricket and with every match played, he is only enhancing his reputation as one of the world’s best.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
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Bowling
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Team played

England, Canterbury, Durham, England A, England XI, Rajasthan Royals, England Under-19, Melbourne Renegades, England Lions, Rising Pune Supergiant, Northern Superchargers

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
99
86
15
2888
102*
40.68
3033
95.22
3
22
231
88
T20I
27
23
5
327
42
18.17
242
135.12
0
0
24
15
Test
57
113
3
3872
258
35.2
6721
57.61
6
21
480
58
IPL
34
33
3
797
107*
26.57
585
136.24
2
4
71
28

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
99
86
3079
3086
75
5/61
6.01
41.15
41.05
1
1
0
T20I
27
24
418
614
14
3/26
8.81
43.86
29.86
0
0
0
Test
57
102
8237
4533
145
6/22
3.3
31.26
56.81
8
4
0
IPL
34
31
582
785
22
3/15
8.09
35.68
26.45
0
0
0

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Stokes was brought up in England and found his way through county cricket to the national team. An attacking middle-order batsman with a versatile game, Stokes also contributes immensely with the ball and has been the architect of several of England’s modern-day achievements, including the coveted World Cup in England in 2019.

Controversial as he is, Stokes is adored by the audience and indispensable to this England team being a regular feature in all three formats aside from being the team’s vice-captain.

Ben Stokes’s ODI Career

Ben Stokes made his ODI debut in August 2011 as a 20-year old. The Durham all-rounder showed an impressive talent and England were in search of someone to replace Andrew Flintoff. Stokes fit the criteria perfectly. He made his ODI debut against Ireland at Dublin in a low-key event and did not even bowl in the game.

Since then, Stokes has gone on to represent England in 95 ODIs, making 2682 runs at an average of 40.63 with three centuries and 20 half-centuries. An aggressive hitter of the ball, Stokes has fit snugly into England’s plans for post the 2015 World Cup period after he had been omitted from their plans for that tournament.

His outrageous performances in the lead up to the 2019 World Cup reaped rich rewards in the tournament itself as Stokes finished with the Man of the Match award in the high-profile World Cup final game that England won against New Zealand at Lord’s.

Ben Stokes has only played in one World Cup so far making the best of the opportunity he was given, racking up 465 runs at an average of 66.42 with five half-centuries and a strike rate of 93.18. In the final against New Zealand, Stokes was England’s best batsman and remained unbeaten on 84 before shining again in the Super Over where England beat New Zealand on boundary count.

In List A cricket, Ben Stokes has an average of 37.87 with 7 hundreds in 166 matches.

T20I Career

Ben Stokes made his T20I debut in 2011 against the West Indies at the Oval. Stokes’s playing style made him particularly fit for the shortest format of the game. However, his numbers achieved so far tell a different story. In 26 T20Is, Ben Stokes has a batting average of 17.94 and has never scored a half-century.

Stokes has taken 14 wickets in T20Is with the best of 3/26. Ben Stokes averages 40.78 with the ball and concedes runs at an economy rate of 8.82 in the format. His short balls haven’t quite gained success in T20Is and as such Stokes has struggled to be the kind of player England has wanted him to be in this format.

With the bat too Ben Stokes hasn’t quite lived up to his reputation in this format as he comes to bat in the late middle-order.

Ben Stokes’s Test Career

An unconventional Test player, Ben Stokes has had remarkable success in the longest format of the game with both bat and ball. Ben Stokes has won England games single-handedly, most notably at Headingley against Australia in 2019 when his 135 not out and 76-run stand with Jack Leach of the last wicket helped England chase down 359.

At Manchester nearly a year later, he was pivotal in yet another big win for England, starring with the bat and ball as England levelled the series against the West Indies. Stokes made a 356-ball 176 in the first innings and then dismissed the opposition’s top run-scorer before opening the batting to accelerate declaration and scoring a 57-ball 78. On day 5, he broke a crucial West Indies batting partnership to help England win and was awarded Man of the Match.

Joe Root, the England captain, hailed Ben Stokes as Mr. Incredible after his impressive performance.

“Stokes is Mr. Incredible, I suppose. He looks a bit like him, and will probably end up the same shape too. I certainly think he can keep performing at this level. I think the sky’s the limit for him really when you watch how he goes about things, there’s no reason why he can’t keep performing this consistently”, Joe Root said of Stokes, his deputy.

In July 2020, Ben Stokes became the no.1 ranked Test all-rounder going ahead of Jason Holder. Stokes became the first Englishman to reach the top of the all-rounder rankings after Andrew Flintoff in 2006. He has a total of 497 points, the highest achieved by any all-rounder in Tests since South African Jacques Kallis in 2008.

Ben Stokes is among the very few players to have 4000-plus runs and 150-plus wickets in Test cricket. He joined Jacques Kallis, Gary Sobers and Ian Botham as part of the Test all-rounders’ crew to make the double and score 10 Test hundreds.

Since 2019, Ben Stokes’s reputation as a Test cricketer has skyrocketed. All in all, Stokes has played 65 Tests, scoring 4399 runs at an average of 38.58 with 10 centuries and 22 fifties. With the ball, Ben Stokes has taken 156 wickets with the best of 6/22 that came against the West Indies at Lord’s in 2017. He has two other six-wicket hauls, both against Australia, in Nottingham and Sydney respectively.

In 2020, Ben Stokes also captained the national side for the first time when he led England in the absence of Joe Root against the West Indies at Southampton. The hosts, unfortunately, went on to lose the match, the first-ever Test in cricket history played in a bio-secure environment with no crowds.

Stokes made his Test debut in 2013 during the Ashes series against Australia. In just his second Test match, Ben Stokes made an impression on the audience by scoring a counter-attacking hundred against a Mitchell Johnson-led Australian bowling attack. Stokes’s next Test ton came against New Zealand at Lord’s in 2015.

Against South Africa in 2016 at Cape Town, Ben Stokes hit the fastest 250 in the history of Test cricket. In that Test match, Ben Stokes made 258 in 198 balls, sharing a partnership of 399 for the sixth wicket with Jonny Bairstow, a record partnership for the sixth wicket in Tests.

Ben Stokes in the IPL

Ben Stokes is among those few England players to be in demand in the Indian Premier League. The England all-rounder became the highest-paid foreign player in the IPL history when in 2017 he fetched a record sum of $2.1 million. Ben Stokes ended up being the Most Valuable Player in the 2017 IPL season, playing for Rising Pune Supergiant.

The massive sum of money he earned was described as a “carnage” by Ben Stokes after he had heard of his auction value. 25-year-old Ben Stokes said: “It’s a life-changing amount of money. I was following on Twitter, I didn’t actually see the auction live. I kept on refreshing. I saw people were tweeting and then I realised that Pune had got me. I wasn’t sure how much a crore was. It was complete carnage.”

Stokes played 12 matches in the 2017 IPL season, making 316 runs at an average of 31.6 with a century. Ben Stokes’s IPL best came in the season when he slammed 103 against Gujarat Lions. His performances in the season prompted Rajasthan Royals to buy the England all-rounder after the Rising Pune Supergiant franchise had been dismantled at the end of the 2017 season.

In 13 matches played for Rajasthan Royals in the 2018 IPL, Ben Stokes made only 196 runs, averaging 16.33 and taking just 8 wickets. In the IPL 2019 too, Stokes was pretty average and made just 123 runs in 9 matches, continuing his wretched form that was there from the previous season.

Stokes has been retained for the 2020 IPL season by Rajasthan Royals and will likely take part in the tournament when it takes place.

Ben Stokes’s Franchise Leagues

In January 2015, Ben Stokes participated in the Big Bash League in Australia, representing the Melbourne Renegades as a replacement for Jesse Ryder who was out of the season because of an injury.

That’s about the only franchise league cricket aside from the IPL and England’s T20 Blast for Durham that Ben Stokes has played. All in all, Ben Stokes has played 123 T20 matches, making 2330 runs at an average of 24.78 with a century and eight fifties. Stokes also has 68 wickets with a best of 4/16 and an average of 31.70.

Despite his reputation as a T20 beast, chances haven’t come thick and fast for Ben Stokes in franchise league cricket, primarily because his record for England in the format isn’t overly impressive.

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