English all-rounder Ben Stokes will be making his Indian Premier League debut this year, where he will play under the captaincy of Steve Smith for the Rising Pune Supergiants.
And his English Test skipper Joe Root feels that Ben’s IPL experience will help his side in the upcoming Ashes series as he asked all-rounder to find the weakness of his new skipper so that they can beat Australia in the Ashes.
During the IPL 2017 auction, Rising Pune Supergiants had bought Stokes for a whopping prize of Rs 14.50 crore. The English all-rounder will be making his IPL debut this year.
Root told Dailystar.co.uk, ”Smith has become one of the best players in the world. In fact, he is ranked as the best player in the world and is just racking up the runs for fun. So the one thing Stokesy can do for us is to make sure he finds a little weakness in Smith's armoury for us when we go down to Australia if he can.”
The forthcoming 2017–18 Ashes series between Australia and England to be played at five venues across Australia starting from 23 November 2017 and Root said that this edition of the cash-rich league will help English cricketers to improve their game.
The English skipper further added, “It is great to see a number of English guys getting that exposure to fantastic ex-players and coaches as well as some of the best players in the world. Hopefully, they come back better for it and I'm sure they'll gain confidence from being out there and playing in front of some big crowds.”