Ben Stokes    IANS
Ben Stokes IANS

He was bought in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions for a whopping INR 14.5 crores by Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) earlier this year. English all-rounder Ben Stokes can win you games with the bat, ball or with his incredible acrobatics on the field. Stokes has already slammed a fifty in the competition but it is his bowling that has made the headlines in recent times. On Monday, Stokes ended Mumbai Indians (MI) winning streak and spoiled their mentor Sachin Tendulkar’s 44th birthday by helping RPS clinch the Maharashtra derby at MI’s fortress Wankhede Stadium by a slender margin of 3 runs. Full Cricket Scorecard, Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), IPL 2017, Match 28 at Mumbai

Stokes’ bowling figures of 4-1-21-2 won RPS their third game of the tournament and earned him the Man of the Match award. Post match, Stokes admitted that he has not been performing well with the bat but he is happy with his bowling.

“The bowling side has at least been coming out well. (I am) Pretty disappointed with the bat (batting). We are peaking at just the right time after not starting all that well but are putting in some good performances now,” said Stokes, who scored 17 off 12 balls earlier in the night. ALSO READ: Smith applauds Unadkat’s bowling after RPS beat MI

Talking about the advantage of being an all-rounder, the English cricketer added, “It is an advantage being an all-rounder, you get to contribute in every department. You always have a chance to come back. The pitches have been conducive to slower bowling and it has been coming out well.”

This is Stokes’ first IPL and the 25-year-old has enjoyed his experience so far.

“(I am) Absolutely loving it here, it is mega to be a part of and am pretty fortunate to be in this situation. Was told the same by quite a few other England guys who have come down here,” said Stokes, the highest-ever paid foreign player in cricket’s most lucrative league.

RPS next play the strong Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) side at their home ground Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (MCA), Pune on Wednesday.