Ben Stokes Biography
Benjamin Andrew Stokes or Ben Stokes is an English cricketer born on 4th June, 1991 in Christchurch, New Zealand. At the age of around 12, he along with his family moved to North England where he grew up learning and playing cricket.
After seeing his great all round abilities with both bat and ball, he signed a 2-year county contract with Durham.
Initial domestic career
After playing for Durham, he was also called for playing two youth tests against Bangladesh. He had a scored a half century and picked up crucial wickets in the two tests.
His performance grabbed him a chance to play the 2010 U-19 World Cup where he scored a brilliant century against India U-19.
International career(limited overs)
Stokes made his international debut for England against Ireland in an ODI game in 2011, but failed to make an impression. His performance in the following matches was also below par.
His test debut was during the 2013 Ashes. After a miserable first match, he scored a fantastic century in his second game. And from there he kept on growing.
He became a regular member of the England team with his timely contributions with both bat and the ball.
His career best performance came against South Africa where he scored the second fastest double hundred in test cricket. His performances also made him the vice-captain of England test team in 2017.
Fastest 250 in a test match (196 balls). Second highest number of sixes in a test inning(11 sixes). Most runs in a Test innings at the sixth position (258 runs). Most runs in the first session of a day in Tests (130 runs). Highest Test partnership for the sixth wicket. He achieved this feat against South Africa when he made a partnership of 399 runs with Jonny Bairstow.
In 2017, he fetched whopping Rs. 14.5 crores to become the most expensive buy in an IPL auction for an overseas player. He showed his worth by getting three Man of the Match awards out of 14 appearances that he made in the season and taking Rising Pune Supergiants to the finals.