England allrounder Ben Sotkes. @ Getty Images
England allrounder Ben Sotkes. @ Getty Images

On the recent tour of Sri Lanka, Ben Stokes did not get a hundred nor pick a fifer, yet the allrounder’s contribution, especially in the final Test, played a far bigger role as England recorded a rare Test series sweep against Sri Lanka. Stokes scored 187 in the series and picked up five wickets – best among the England bowlers.

Such was the impact Stokes made in the series that coach Trevor Bayliss said the “exemplary” Durham all-rounder is “the first pick” on the team sheet in his eyes.

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However, former India cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar claims that Stokes is taking all the credit for the work put in by his England team-mates.

Manjrekar drew a strange analogy on Twitter that compared the 27-year-old Stokes with “hardworking chefs” Moeen Ali, Jack Leach and Ben Foakes.

“So, you have these hardworking chefs who have made a great dish. Someone comes and puts a little garnish on top and he gets all the credit. Moeen, Leach, Foakes are those poor chefs and Stokes the one with the garnish,” Manjrekar, who has played 37 Tests and 74 ODIs, wrote.

Stokes, not one to relent, was quick to respond. “We don’t care about personal credit – and garnish is pointless on all food anyway. We care about winning. It’s a team sport and we won as a team. 3-0. Cheers Sanjay,” he wrote with a snoring emoji to the tweet.