Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir believes that based on current form, no player from India or any other part of the world is anywhere even close to England all-rounder Ben Stokes.
Earlier in the second Test between England and West Indies, Stokes scored a century in the first innings and a quickfire fifty in the second while taking three wickets. This all came after he had grabbed six wickets in the first test in Southampton and also scored 46 and 43 in the two innings.
Gautam Gambhir speaks about England all-rounder Ben Stokes
“You can’t compare anyone in India at the moment with Ben Stokes,” Gambhir said on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports.
“Absolutely not, because Ben Stokes is in his own league. What he has done in Test cricket, what he has done in one-day cricket, what he has done in T20 cricket, I don’t think so there’s anyone, let alone in India, there isn’t anyone who’s even close to him in world cricket at the moment. And that is the kind of impact player you need in every line-up,” Gambhir added.
Meanwhile, last year, Stokes led England to a World Cup victory with a match-winning performance in the final against New Zealand.
Stokes also captained one of England’s most memorable Test wins against Australia in the Ashes in which scored blazing 135 not out, to level the series. Australia were favorites to bowl England out but Stokes unbeaten 76 runs stand for the final wicket helped to take England home.
“It would be a dream for every captain to have someone like Ben Stokes – whether he’s batting, whether he’s bowling, whether he’s fielding – and he’s a leader in his own capacity,” Gambhir said.
“You don’t have to be a leader, you don’t need to be called a captain to be a captain. You can be a leader by your own performances as well. So, I think there are a lot of guys would be actually looking to be like Ben Stokes, but unfortunately, there’s no one at the moment in world cricket,” Gambhir concluded.