Reports have emerged that Royal Challengers Bangalore’s skipper Virat Kohli has asked the team management to target England’s quality all-rounder Ben Stokes at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction on 4th February.
“He’s (Stokes) a guy with great character, he is always fighting to win games for England. We have seen that from him in Test cricket and today he was really motivated to win the game for them,” Kohli told the reporters after Stokes’ match-winning performance in the Kolkata ODI.
Appreciating Stokes commitment on the field, Kohli further added, “You could tell from his body language. The way he bowled, the way he batted and the way he was running in the end as well, while he was batting. I mean every side is pleased to have cricketers like that. And nowadays everyone does play with that mindset.”
Meanwhile, the 25-year-old English all-rounder has said that he would be entering the IPL auction this year, for the first time.
“I have put myself up for the auction. It is a good opportunity to go away and experience a different competition,” Stokes said recently.
“This year’s IPL is a chance not just for myself but to a few other English guys to go and experience what it is like and get a different side of T20 cricket rather than just playing in England. I am looking forward to seeing, if I get a chance. “You end up playing against the best players in the world, although it is T20 cricket. Look at the guys who have played in franchise cricket in Australia and India as well,” he added.