England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes has taken the game by the scruff of its neck, as he came out all guns blazing on Day 2 and scored an incredible half-century in just 73 balls.
The 29-year-old looks to be in full control of all the shots he plays, be it the slog-sweep over mid-wicket or the reverse-sweep to a ball pitched straight into the rough. His counter-attacking batting has put Team India on the back foot in the first Test.
While several Twitter users appreciated Ben Stokes’ innings, many were left frustrated by his unbeaten stand with Joe Root. Here is what they had to say:
Rajasthan Royals ne to Ben Stokes ko retain kiya tha na….!
Fir ye IPL ka audition kyon de raha!!!#INDvENG
— Sambid Anand Bharadwaj (@sam_invincible3) February 6, 2021
— sarthyasm.. (@sarthyasm) February 6, 2021
don’t think there’s many better test cricketers to watch on their day than joe root and ben stokes, absolutely picking apart india’s spin attack here 🤙🏴 #INDvENG
— Jack Talbot (@jacktalbot1) February 6, 2021
Commentators yesterday:- Ben stokes must have a rusty arm🙃
Commentators today:- pic.twitter.com/lTogLEhUD1
— sherlony3000 (@theshivamkapoor) February 6, 2021
Ben Stokes 50* is here,
This is going to be a very attacking innings. It is going to be chancy, it is going to be risky, if chances not taken, its going be be very rewarding for England. This is going to be a very exciting phase with spinners bowling with a rough.#INDvENG
— Arvind Ramachander (@arvindia4u) February 6, 2021
— Alan (@Marcosplace) February 6, 2021
Ben Stokes pulls out another reverse sweep to reach his 50*.
— ⚡Ashwin⚡ (@ak10_amelia) February 6, 2021
— Bijay Mallick (@iBijayMallick) February 6, 2021
— PM (@maury_prashant) February 6, 2021
Ben stokes playing nadeem like a club bowler and nadeem is virat first choice over kuldeep.
— Cricket Lover (@LadkaaAshleel) February 6, 2021
Team India broke the 200-run stand between Dominic Sibley and Joe Root in the final over of Day 1, and were expecting to take early wickets on Saturday. However, the way Ben Stokes batted in the first session of Day 2 ensured that the visitors completely dominated the proceedings.
He initially rode his luck, surviving an unbelivable yorker from Jasprit Bumrah and a few other close chances. But once he was set at the crease, Ben Stokes smashed the Indian bowlers, especially Shahbaz Nadeem, to all parts of the ground. He unleashed every single shot in his repertoire and left the hosts clueless.
While Root reached his 150, Stokes continued to boss the Indian bowlers from the other end. He wasn’t fazed by the odd ball turning square and backed his attacking game to inflict damage on the hosts.
England successfully scored 92 runs in the first session of Day 2, with both Root and Stokes returning unscathed at Lunch as the visitors posted 355-3.
How good is it to watch these two bat together?
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 6, 2021
Ben Stokes is unbeaten on 63 off just 98 balls and has hit nine boundaries and two sixes already. If he keeps on going at this rate, England might well bat India out of the Chennai Test.