Ian Botham, former England captain, reckons that Stokes has matured as a person and as a cricketer after his stint in the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL). The highest paid foreign player was awarded with the most valuable player after he scored 316 runs at a strike rate of 142.98 and took 12 wickets at an economy rate of 7.18.
“The red mist comes down occasionally but he’s controlling that. I think he’s come back from India a better cricketer and I think people should look at the bigger picture and not just say ‘he’s got a knee injury – he got that in the IPL’ when in fact, he’s had that a while,” Botham told Sky Sports on Saturday (May 27).
“If you let him [Stokes] off the hook, he makes you pay. He was magnificent. He’s so powerful down the ground and he drags the ball well; he can drive it too. You can’t set fields to straight hits like his. I think he likes batting against South Africa,” opined Botham.