Ben Stokes , after he was roped in by the Pune franchise for 14.5 crores has become a household name in India. He has already reached India and has joined His Pune team mates. His inclusion in the side alongside the likes of MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis and Steve Smith has given the team all the more strength for a good season this time around.
In a recent interview to Times of India, Stokes where he credited Ravindra Jadeja as the number one bowler in world cricket right now. Jadeja incidentally is the number one bowler in the ICC rankings where he has recently replaced his spin mate Ravichandran Ashwin for the top spot.
Speaking about facing Indian bowlers he said facing spinners is the hardest job. This is where he credited Jadeja for his accuracy as well. “In India, the spinners are the most difficult. You face them for a long period of time. Some balls spin, some balls skid. Tough to get a reading on what it's going to do. I found Ashwin very tough because of the height, bounce and the invariable spin he got. Jadeja was very accurate and bowled at good pace. But at the same time, you have Umesh Yadav who bowls 90mph reverse swing. He is hard to face as well.”
Then again he spoke on his association with his Pune team mates as well. “I arrived in India this morning (Thursday). I have been with Steve and Jinks (Ajinkya Rahane) all day. It was good catching up with them and a couple of other guys involved with Pune. To be honest, I have been listening to Rahane and Smith being asked about the Test series.... enjoyed a couple of laughs. They handled it really well. In a way they said what has happened has happened. They both want to forget about that as they are in the same team and want to perform well for their team. There did not seem any battle between them. I don't think it was just for show. That's what my day has been, listening to them about their rivalry.”
In a series of questions he also had his take on the World T20 2016 final when Carlos Braithwaite hit him for 4 consecutive sixes to help West Indies win the title. “Still talking about that! (Laughs) It sounds weird as I was the person who got dealt with. Looking back at it, it was an amazing thing to be involved with. It captured everyone's attention. It always seems to be the big games that make moments like that happen. I wasn't the first person to be hit for four sixes in a row and I obviously won't be the last. When Carlos (Brathwaite) and I met, we did not mention this at all. We did a few interviews as there was a lot of hype around the whole last over thing before the series started. We both said that we are going to put it behind us and try and start moving forward.”
He finally rounded off his interaction saying that there is a reason why ICC ranks bowlers and at the moment he has no doubts in accepting that Jadeja is the number one ranked bowler.