Steve Smith has branded Ben Stokes as a perfect fit for the IPL team, Rising Pune Supergiant. Australia’s Captain, and skipper at the IPL club, made sure that the media knew just how excited he was to be working with the talented British star at Rising Pune.
Ben Stokes was signed earlier in the year for Rising Pune, who paid a record breaking £1.7 million for a foreign player, to make sure that they had the winning bid at the auction.
Last weekend Stokes made sure that his captain, Smith, and Rising Pune, were happy with their investment by totting up an impressive 103 runs off 63 balls in the teams victory over Gujarat Lions.
Speaking of their successful bid Smith also said that they were very excited to get him, he insisted before the auction took place that the officials had to do whatever it took to make sure Stokes ended up at the club.
When he came out to the wicket last Sunday Stokes knocked seven fours and six sixes during his innings. Proving that Smith was right to insist that he was added to the team.
Ben Stokes is an all-round player with proven abilities in the field, with a bat and as a bowler. Smith couldn’t praise the new addition enough and even remarked on his power with the bat. He referred to it as scary! Smith will have to face Ben Stokes later in the year when Australia are scheduled to play England in the Champions trophy and in the Ashes, as they attempt to win the urn back from England in Australia.
Adam Zampa who also plays for Australia internationally and alongside Stokes at Pune has also commented on the sheer power that emanates from Stokes when he is in control of the bat:
“The first few net sessions here I actually couldn’t believe how hard and far he hit the ball, he hits it harder than anyone I’ve ever seen to be fair. It can be scary bowling to him in the nets. It’s just power. You feel like you beat him in the air, spinning away with a ‘wrong’un’ and he just powers it.”
Author Lisa Baldwin
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