Cricket World Player of the Week - Ben Stokes
For scoring the fastest 99 in the history of ODI cricket, laced with some brutal power-hitting, Ben Stokes is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
Ben Stokes had batted at number three in one-day cricket on just four occasions prior to the recently-concluded three-match ODI series against India, and did not have great numbers to show.
Even after his sensational 99 in the second ODI, Ben Stokes still averages an ordinary 31.43 while batting at number three in ODI cricket. His best returns have come at number five, where he averages 49.77, having scored 1941 runs from 50 innings.
It was in the absence of Joe Root that Stokes was promoted at number three. After he managed just one run in the first ODI at Pune, Stokes came out all guns blazing in the second ODI.
It was the need of the hour as well as the team was chasing 337. Stokes was quite subdued till he reached his 50, but it was carnage after that. The all-rounder finished on 99 off just 52 balls hitting 4 fours and 10 sixes, while batting at a strike rate of 190.38.
He was unfortunate to glove one to Rishabh Pant off Bhuvneshwar Kumar on 99 but finished with the fastest 99 in the history of ODI cricket. In what was some of the most brutal power-hitting ever seen in ODIs, Stokes ensured that England leveled the series 1-1, before going down in the decider.
Stokes scored 135 runs in the series at an average of 45 and a strike rate of 132.35. He also picked up four wickets at 30.25. Unfortunately for England, the team just fell short of lifting in the ODI trophy.
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