The elevated participation of English gamers within the IPL, the place there’s fixed stress to carry out, will profit them through the T20 World Cup to be held in India later this 12 months, reckons star all-rounder Ben Stokes. Over the years an increasing number of English gamers have chosen to participate within the profitable league. This 12 months, there are 14 England cricketers contracted to play IPL, together with white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan Jos Buttler, Stokes, Johnny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Liam Livingstone and Dawid Malan.
“Yes – the percentage of English players in the IPL has probably grown in the last five or so years,” Stokes, who will flip up for the Rajasthan Royals, informed ”Sky Sports”.
“Not only is that great for the individual but it is also great for the players involved in the England set-up; it gives them experience in the most high-profile competition in the world but not only that – you are under constant pressure to perform,” the imposing all-rounder added.
India is about to host the T20 World Cup later this 12 months and Stokes feels it’s the good alternative for English gamers, who have been part of the recently-concluded tour of India, to get extra conversant in the Indian situations.
“You’ve got billions of people watching you and you’ve got the pressure of the franchise on you.
“Being continuously uncovered to that could be a enormous profit to us as a crew, particularly with the T20 World Cup arising on the finish of the 12 months in India; it is an excellent probability for the English guys to get extra expertise in these situations,” Stokes said.
After being held in the United Arab Emirates last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IPL returns to India and Stokes hopes fans would be allowed back in the stadiums soon.
“It’s nice for the competitors that it is come again to its roots after going down in Dubai final 12 months, which was an achievement in itself.
“Fingers crossed that fans will be allowed back in at some point during this IPL because they are a huge part of this game and why we play.
“It was an incredible feeling to have followers again within the grounds on our (England”s) latest tour of India – despite the fact that 100 per cent of the group have been in opposition to us! Being again within the thick of that environment was superb!”
The Royals had a disappointing campaign last year, finishing last. However, Stokes is optimistic about the season ahead.
“Last 12 months was clearly disappointing. Yes, we completed backside of the desk however I believe it is not so simple as that. We ebbed and flowed with our performances all through the season: we had some nice ones adopted by some fairly poor performances.
“But every year is a clean slate and we are really excited about the prospects of what we are able to do on the field this year,” he added.
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