In the 26th Match of 2020 IPL, RR vs SRH, the Rajasthan Royals Innings was begun by Ben stokes. He usually bats at the middle order. Today Ben opened the innings and it was an Amazing strategy from the team management. But it doesn’t work well he chopped on against Khaleel Ahmed for five.
Everyone will be eager to know the logic of taking Ben Stokes to the role of the opener. Stokes has struggled in the middle order over the last two years, struggling to get started against spinners in the middle overs, from the beginning of the 2018 season, he has scored at a strike rate of 116.57 and has an average of 18.16 against spin in the IPL. The Royals also had tried for a left-right opening combination, and in theory meant that Buttler should have been more free to play his shots, with Stokes the slower starter of the two and more likely to anchor the innings.
Stokes today’s innings can be justified as it’s his first professional game for two months, joining immediately after his quarantine period, and was only his fourth white-ball appearance since the World Cup final in July 2019. The fact that the move didn’t work on this occasion should not mean that it’s a failure of team management. Stock is a talented player. He can perform well with both ball and Bat.