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Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir stated that English all-rounder Ben Stokes is in a different league and no Indian player is anywhere even close to him.
Earlier this week, Stokes passed Jason Holder and fixed the top spot of the ICC Test rankings for all-rounders. Stokes scored a brilliant century and a quick-fire fifty int he second innings in the second Test and also took three wickets for his team in Manchester. This was after he had grabbed six wickets in Southampton and scored 46 and 43 in the two innings.
“You can’t compare anyone in India at the moment with Ben Stokes. 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 told to media.
From over the last summer Stokes has been on a hot streak for England. Last year, he led England to a World Cup win with his match-winning performance in the final against New Zealand and in less than two months’ time, Stokes again triumph over Australia in one of the most memorable Test wins against Australia in the Ashes.
Gambhir believes that no other player in the current generation can replace Stokes what he achieve already.
“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 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,” he concluded.