Stokes reveals two players who will weave their magic at World Cup


England all-rounder Ben Stokes revealed that he is a massive admirer and a big fan of Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Australia’s Steve Smith. Well, of course, both these batsmen are cut above the rest in terms of consistency and are without any doubt, the best in the world too.

Stokes reveals two players who will weave their magic at World Cup
Ben Stokes celebrates after taking a wicket.

They will be representing their teams with lots of pride at the world cup and will be looking forward to make their presence count in the summer’s showpiece event which gets underway on May 30 onwards in England and Wales.

Virat Kohli will look to continue from where he left off in international cricket and with the kind of form he is in, he is certainly the big advantage for India. As for Steve Smith, he will be looking forward to prove that he has got everything in him at the big stage.

According to England all-rounder Ben Stokes, Kohli and Smith are best in the cricketing business and that they will look to “weave their magic” to get holds of the glory.

“They are both phenomenal players and have played quite a bit against both of them. You watch them play and they make the game look a lot more easier than others do. So, I am a massive fan of both the players.

They have both got their own styles and they are both different in the way they play, but they are both very very effective. You obviously play against guys to win, but at the end of the day you got to look at it from an angle that I love cricket and I love watching both Virat and Steve go about doing their jobs so consistently,” Ben Stokes told IANS.

The aggressive all-rounder can’t just wait for the marquee event which will be played in his familiar conditions. England head into the tournament as red-hot favourites and after destroying Pakistan 4-0 in the recently-concluded five-match ODI series, they have brimmed with confidence.

“I think we have earned the right to be favourites with the cricket that we have played in the last three or four years. Being world no.1 you will always come into the tournament as favourites. If India or Australia were the no.1 ranked team, they would come into the tournament as favourites.

But we cannot take the no.1 tag into the tournament if we want to win it because as you saw during the Champions Trophy (2017) that we were playing great cricket and then we got onto a wicket against Pakistan which wasn’t suited to our style and suited them more.

But we have learnt from that and we are more capable to adapt to situations now than we were back then. We are a much better team now because we are able to read situations better,” Stokes said.