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Ben Stokes in Awe of Virat Kohli and Steven Smith

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 1, 2017, 4:30 PM IST
Ben Stokes in Awe of Virat Kohli and Steven Smith

Ben Stokes' jersey being released by Rising Pune Supergiant owner Sanjeev Goenka in the presence of captain Steven Smith and opening batsman Ajinkya Rahane (Courtesy: RPSG Twitter)


New Delhi: England star Ben Stokes has said that he may be regarded as one of the best all-rounders of the world, but bowling to the likes of Virat Kohli, Steven Smith and Kane Williamson still remains one of the most daunting task for him.

In the tenth edition of the Indian Premier league, Stokes will don the jersey of Rising Pune Supergiants after the franchise forked out an eye-watering Rs 14.5 crores to acquire the services of the Englishman. The sum also made him the most expensive foreigner in the history of the cash-rich league.

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Stokes will play under the leadership of Smith, while apart from Root who is not part of the league, the star all-rounder will have to fight it out against the likes of Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson on a regular basis. The 25-year-old was quick to point out that these four batsmen are arguably the best in the world at the moment.

"Root, Kohli, Smith and Williamson — they don’t get out. They don’t want to get out. They are the ones who want to have the big hundreds against their names," Stokes was quoted as saying by 'The Times of India'.

"They work relentlessly on their game. When any team comes to play against England, they want to get Root early as we want to get Kohli, Williamson and Smith," Stokes added.

When asked about who is the toughest batsman to bowl to out of the four, Stokes said that the destructive nature of Kohli and Smith, makes it very hard for the bowlers.

"Kane is very hard to get out, but he doesn’t necessarily punish you whereas Smith and Kohli have a more destructive gear once they have got to an 80 or a 100. Once Kane’s in, he is in. He doesn’t obviously change gears but he ends up getting 150 off 200 anyway," the England all-rounder said.

First Published: April 1, 2017, 4:30 PM IST

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