New Delhi, July 5 – Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has in contrast Ben Stokes’ match-winning capability with that of India nice MS Dhoni, who’s considered the most effective finisher within the trendy sport, and believes the England skipper excels at dealing with stress greater than most of his present contemporaries.
Throughout the second Ashes Check towards Australia at Lord’s, Stokes nearly single-handedly dragged his facet over the road with an excellent century that included a record-breaking 9 sixes.
It wasn’t the primary time that Stokes has terrorised Australia, the sensible all-rounder produced comparable heroics in the course of the 2019 Ashes collection in England when he smashed an unbeaten 135 to assist pull off a outstanding one-wicket victory over Australia.
“I believe any worldwide participant is underneath stress anytime they stroll out to play, however Ben batting within the center order or later order like he does, in all probability finds himself in additional match-winning alternative conditions than some others may,” Ponting mentioned.
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“The primary one which involves thoughts is possibly somebody like a Dhoni, who’s there on the finish in loads of T20 video games, and ending video games, whereas Ben’s doing it on the finish of Check matches, and there’s not, in all probability not many, many gamers via the historical past of the sport which have discovered themselves in that form of function and are there on the finish profitable video games, and particularly as a captain,” Ponting mentioned on the most recent episode of The ICC Assessment.
Ponting additionally revealed he had Stokes’ match-winning innings at Headingley from 4 years in the past behind his thoughts throughout a pulsating remaining day at Lord’s and was relieved when Australia lastly obtained the breakthrough and dismissed him for 155.
“I believed and everybody in all probability thought he may do it once more as a result of we’ve seen it occur earlier than, however this was in all probability, barely extra runs that they had been chasing (in 2019),”
“At the back of everybody’s minds, I believe as soon as it began taking part in out the way in which that it was and what number of similarities there have been to Headingley in 2019…Steve Smith dropped him…and he was dropped on 116 by Marcus Harris at Headingley, So, these form of ghosts of the previous stored coming again out.”
Whereas Stokes solely averages simply north of 36 with the bat at Check degree and greater than 32 with the ball, Ponting acknowledges the star all-rounder has the outstanding capability to affect video games at a degree that don’t do these modest numbers justice.
“We now have everywhere in the years actually solely form of judged cricketers on their numbers and their stats of what their common is and what number of wickets they take. When you checked out Ben Stokes in that gentle solely, it doesn’t do him full credit score to the participant that he’s as he averages 35 (36) with the bat and 32 with the ball,” Ponting famous.
“So these numbers alone don’t form of put him within the highest echelon of gamers. However if you see him play like he did (at Lord’s) and do among the issues he’s performed for this workforce over an extended time frame, then we have now to seek out methods to begin measuring cricketers in a greater method of how they impression video games, what number of video games they really can win themselves as a result of he’s an out and out match-winner, that’s for certain,” he added.
Stokes was the match-winner for England with a composed half-century towards Pakistan within the remaining of the ICC Males’s T20 World Cup final 12 months and Ponting is impressed along with his capability to have the ability to soak up stress and modify his sport accordingly.