IPL 2020: Ben Stokes Felt Nice To Be Back Into Form For Rajasthan Royals

IPL 2020: Ben Stokes Felt Nice To Be Back Into Form For Rajasthan Royals

IPL 2019, Mankading, Ben Stokes, Shane Warne, Virat Kohli
Ben Stokes has a take on mankading. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

Ben Stokes, who had been struggling so far in the ongoing tournament with scores of 30, 19, 15, 41, and five roared back to form with an unbeaten 107 as he became the first overseas batsman to score a 100 in IPL 2020 — and the 4th so far to do so after Shikhar Dhawan’s twin 100s besides Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul’s centuries.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has become the first batsman in the Indian Premier League to score a century in two successful chases.

Ben Stokes roared back to form with an unbeaten 107 that helped Rajasthan Royals (RR) race to an eight-wicket win over Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Courtesy his second IPL century, Rajasthan chased down the total of 196 with 10 balls to spare.

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes (Image Credit: PA)

Ben Stokes: Nice To Get Back To Form

In 2017, the left-handed all-rounder batsman playing for Rising Pune Supergiants had smashed an unbeaten 103 as the team chased down a total of 162 with a ball to spare. That was his debut IPL season after RPS bought him at a record price of Rs 14.5 crores. In 12 matches that season, he had scored 316 runs besides picking up 12 wickets.

Meanwhile, after Sunday’s match, the England all-rounder said: “Sort of bittersweet to be honest – it took so long to get one for the team. I would have preferred to get this form two or three games before when we weren’t relying on other results to get us through to the qualifiers.”

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes. Image Courtesy: BCCI

“It’s always nice to get back to form. We needed a result from today, so – it’s a good victory,” he added.

On 2017, Ben Stokes was bought by the Rising Pune Supergiants in the IPL for Rs 14.5 crores. He made his maiden T20 hundred against Gujarat Lions, getting 103* in 63 balls with 7 fours and 6 sixes. On 2018, he was bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 12.5 crores and was the most expensive player in the 2018 IPL auction.

Ben Stokes Was Most Valuable Player In Debut Season In 2017

Ben Stokes is an English cricketer and current vice-captain of England in Tests. He was part of the England squad that won the 2019 Cricket World Cup and was MOM in final. Born in Christchurch in New Zealand, Ben Stokes moved to England with his parents at a ripe age where he learnt the game and began playing club cricket locally.

As a left-handed aggressive batsman and right-arm fast-medium swing bowler, he is regarded as one of the best all-rounders in the world.

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

As a bowler, he consistently bowls at around the 140kph mark and has the ability to swing the ball. An attacking middle-order batsman, he holds the record for England’s fastest ever Test double-century and the highest ever score for a Test batsman batting at number six position.

He became the highest-paid overseas player in the history of the Indian Premier League in 2017, fetching a record contract of Rs. 145 million. For his performances in the 2017 IPL season, he was the adjudged Most Valuable Player in his debut season.  He has 852 runs and taken 26 wickets in 40 games so far in IPL.