Ben Stokes’ spectacular IPL debut season, which saw him garner 316 runs and snap 12 wickets in 12 matches, has earned him a new admirer: Carlos Brathwaite. The West Indian feels that his English counterpart’s antics this season will see franchises running after him with a bigger bag of cash in the next season.
“There will be another big auction next year, and if he is allowed to return – depending on England commitments – he could go for an even heftier price tag. A year is a long time in cricket though. You don’t know who will be the next big thing in the next 12 months, or if even the rules of the IPL will change,” Braithwaite told Sky Sports on Wednesday (May 17).
“But players like Stokes are worth their weight in gold and if he continues the way he is going, he will fetch a large amount again.”
Before the IPL, Ben Stokes was the all over the headlines after Rising Pune Supergiant signed him for whopping Rs.14.5 crores. The decision wasn’t welcomed to a large extent. His franchise was also under criticism this decision. And, when Stokes did not show any eye-catching performances in the initial stages, many wrote him off instantly.
However, he soon found his rhythm and brought a great turnaround transforming himself into a match-winner for his team with both bat and ball, and even in the field. This wonderful show has made Brathwaite, who handed Stokes his worst career memory, completely believe in the Englishman talent and mental toughness.
“He has always been a decent bowler. “I don’t think one bad night should define his career, and in the aftermath of the World T20 that seemed to be the case.”
“There was probably a lot more spotlight on him in this tournament than usual because of the price tag, and he has shown a lot of mental toughness in returning to India and the scene of the crime if you want to call it that.”
Stokes left to England after the culmination of the league stages to prepare for the upcoming 3-match bilateral series against South Africa which would be followed by the Champions Trophy. His absence left a great dent on Pune’s plan but they still managed to beat Mumbai Indians in the qualifiers and advance to the finals.
Brathwaite, on the other hand, had a forgettable season with Delhi Daredevils who were knocked out of the tournament in the league stages itself.