Cricketer-turned politician Gautam Gambhir has reckoned Ben Stokes as uncomparable with his current form. He even said that not only Indian cricketers but also cricketers around the world are nowhere the England allrounder, who scored a match-winning century in Manchester.
Earlier this week, Stokes dethroned Jason Holder from no.1 ICC Test allrounder ranking after his prolific performances in the second Test match against West Indies. He scored a century in the first innings followed by a quick-firing fifty in the second innings. He also picked three wickets in that match. Stokes was almost the one-man army for England in that match which helped his side to win that match by 113 runs.
Ben Stokes is in his own league: Gautam Gambhir
Team India has the likes of Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar and Ravindra Jadeja for allrounder position but Gambhir believes no one can be compared with Ben Stokes because of his current form.
“You can’t compare anyone in India at the moment with Ben Stokes. Absolutely not, because Ben Stokes is in his own league. What he has done in Test cricket, what he has done in one-day cricket, what he has done in T20 cricket, I don’t think so there’s anyone, let alone in India, there isn’t anyone who’s even close to him in world cricket at the moment. And that is the kind of impact player you need in every line-up,” Gambhir said on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports.
Stokes every captain’s dream: Gambhir
Gambhir added that every captain has a dream to have a player like Ben Stokes in his team who can deliver the best in every field.
“It would be a dream for every captain to have someone like Ben Stokes – whether he’s batting, whether he’s bowling, whether he’s fielding – and he’s a leader in his own capacity,” Gambhir said.
In the first Test match against West Indies, Stokes had grabbed six wickets in Southampton and scored 46 and 43 in the two innings. However, England lost that match by four wickets.
Well, the southpaw has already etched his name in England’s history after scoring a gritty century to lead the team to the level the Ashes 2019. He stitched 76-runs partnership with the Jack Leach for the unbroken last wicket and guided England to chase down 359 runs. He was also the lynchpin for the team in World Cup 2019 victory.