Ben Stokes has slowly but surely established himself as the premier all-rounder in world cricket today, as he has become a crucial cog in both the limited overs and test format for England.
A wonderful death bowler and brilliant fielder, Stokes has also taken his batting to new heights, as the Englishman has become the standard bearer for every aspiring all-rounder in the game today.
But things took a terrible turn in September of last year, as Stokes was involved in a pub brawl that was caught on CCTV. Stokes was then immediately punished by the ECB, as the all-rounder was not selected for the Ashes tour to Australia later that year.
Stokes’ absence cost England a lot, as they meekly succumbed to a superb Australian side, as they relinquished the Ashes without putting up a fight.
The all-rounder was also removed from the ODI squad, as Stokes paid a heavy price for his irresponsible actions on that ill-fated night in September.
But Stokes might have finally turned a corner, as the all-rounder was cleared by the ECB to take part in Indian Premier League this year.
Stokes was a huge hit in the IPL last season, as his performances were crucial in helping Pune reach the IPL final. For a while it seemed that the ECB will not allow Stokes to take part in the auction, which would have been another huge blow to the Englishman.
Luckily for Stokes, his cricket board has given him permission to take part in the cash-rich league, which will come as a huge sigh of relief to him.
With the auction set to take place later this month, we can expect Stokes to become one of the most expensive players in the auction.