The elevated participation of English gamers within the IPL, the place there may be fixed stress to carry out, will profit them through the T20 World Cup to be held in India later this 12 months, reckons star all-rounder Ben Stokes.
Over time an increasing number of English gamers have chosen to participate within the profitable league. This 12 months, there are 14 England cricketers contracted to play IPL, together with white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan Jos Buttler, Stokes, Johnny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Liam Livingstone and Dawid Malan.
“Sure – the share of English gamers within the IPL has most likely grown within the final 5 or so years,” Stokes, who will flip up for the Rajasthan Royals, advised ‘Sky Sports activities’.
“Not solely is that nice for the person however additionally it is nice for the gamers concerned within the England set-up; it offers them expertise in essentially the most high-profile competitors on the earth however not solely that – you’re below fixed stress to carry out,” the imposing all-rounder added.
India is about to host the T20 World Cup later this 12 months and Stokes feels it’s the good alternative for English gamers, who have been part of the recently-concluded tour of India, to get extra accustomed to the Indian situations.
“You have obtained billions of individuals watching you and you have the stress of the franchise on you.
“Being continually uncovered to that could be a big profit to us as a staff, particularly with the T20 World Cup arising on the finish of the 12 months in India; it is a fantastic likelihood for the English guys to get extra expertise in these situations,” Stokes mentioned.
After being held within the United Arab Emirates final 12 months as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, the IPL returns to India and Stokes hopes followers could be allowed again within the stadiums quickly.
“It is nice for the competitors that it is come again to its roots after going down in Dubai final 12 months, which was an achievement in itself.
“Fingers crossed that followers might be allowed again in sooner or later throughout this IPL as a result of they’re an enormous a part of this recreation and why we play.
“It was an incredible feeling to have followers again within the grounds on our (England’s) latest tour of India – though 100 % of the group have been in opposition to us! Being again within the thick of that environment was wonderful!”
The Royals had a disappointing marketing campaign final 12 months, ending final. Nevertheless, Stokes is optimistic concerning the season forward.
“Final 12 months was clearly disappointing. Sure, we completed backside of the desk however I feel it is not so simple as that. We ebbed and flowed with our performances all through the season: we had some nice ones adopted by some fairly poor performances.
“However yearly is a clear slate and we’re actually excited concerning the prospects of what we’re capable of do on the sector this 12 months,” he added.