“The Ashes are really alive because of one cricketer Benjamin Stokes” former England captain Nasser Hussain whispered in the air when Stokes England led to an unforgettable victory over the Aussies to level the series in 2019. Since then, the fate of the world with the pandemic has coincided in many ways with the newly appointed English test skipper Ben Stokes.
The prolific all-rounder, who is seen as one of the greats of the match, shocked the entire brothers of cricket when he announced an indefinite suspension of the match due to mental health issues in 2021. Stokes who was in the shape of his life and rode high. about the success of the 2019 World Cup & Ashes was praised by the whole world for opening up mental health issues. Former India captain Virat Kohli weighed in on the matter by saying that it is always important for athletes to take periodic breaks.
Up to this point, Ben Stokes has had a story that is nothing short of a fairy tale. In addition to his cricket skills, Ben Stokes earned headlines when he was accused of being the main aggressor in a nightclub fight in Bristol way back in 2017. As a result, the ECB (English Cricket Board) handed over prosecutors to Ben for abusing the game. Referring to the incident that Nasser Hussain once quoted “the problems follow him”. Amidst all the skill and iconic moments of which he was a part, the English test skipper will also be remembered for the night when West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite beat him four consecutive seasons to his team the World T20- winning title for the second time in 2016.
Despite all the failures Stokes had, he had the nerves to work on his game and command the respect of the cricketing fraternity.