When Ben Stokes was bought for whopping Rs 14.5 crore by Rising Pune Supergiant in this year’s players auction, the biggest question that was doing the rounds among the fans was whether the England star would gel well with the players from other countries. The hot-headed England all-rounder had enjoyed his fair share of tussles with the Indian and the Australian player and fans around the country were desperate to see how he would get along with his IPL teammates.

Well, Stokes has now lifted the lifted the lid on his relation with his Pune teammates. In a video shared by the team’s Twitter handle, the all-rounder has said his teammates are ‘really easy to get along with’.

He further said he is not paying too much heed to his huge price tag before adding that sharing the dressing room with the likes of Steve Smith and MS Dhoni has helped him to know more about them.

“You generally get to see them only when they are on the field and sometimes they are completely different characters off the pitch. This is a great opportunity to come and know these guys off the field as that doesn’t happen very often,” he said.

“I don’t think there is any pressure because I am the most expensive buy. For me, the pressure has always come from within. Also, it doesn’t change the way I am approaching the games. I would have had the same approach even if I wasn’t the most expensive buy,” he added.

Stokes, who is playing in the Indian Premier League for the first team, also expressed his surprise over the huge fan following of the team in the country.

“I have found it very amusing that the people follow the team bus when we are going to the ground. They seem to follow you in their cars, mopeds and bikes. You want to keep looking at the window as you don’t get to see this in England,” he said.

 

The tournament, meanwhile, has not panned out as expected for Stokes.In three matches so far, he has managed to score just 73 runs in addition to taking only one wicket.

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