Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar said that if he were in place of Joe Root, he would beg all-rounder Ben Stokes to come back from his mental health break and play for England.
Just before the Test series against India, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced that Stokes would immediately take a break from all forms of cricket to prioritize his mental health and be with his family.
Ben Stokes’ absence hit England hard
The absence of Stokes was a major blow to England. It is clear from their performance how much they need him now in the Test series. But England head coach Chris Silverwood has confirmed there is no rush to bring Stokes back, and he will be able to take his own time to get in a good mood.
Stokes have won England many games in the past, and their unbeaten beat of 135 against Australia at Headingley, the venue for the next Test match, was one of the biggest Test shots played in the fourth innings.
Players like Ben Stokes are once in a generation of cricketers: Sunil Gavaskar
Gavaskar said he would have asked Stokes to come back, but it is unfortunate for England to miss his service during their difficult time.
‘If I were Joe Root, I would go to Ben Stokes on the horn and ask him to come back and play, because he’s the kind of impact player that could turn it around for England. “Unfortunately, someone born to play the game can not do that, and this is not only the misfortune of England, but also that of the cricket world, because players like Stokes are once in a generation of cricketers,” he wrote. Gavaskar in his column for Telegraph. In the.
India win the second Test at Lord’s by 151 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. They play England in the third Test in Leeds, which starts on 25 August.