England versatile Ben Stokes lifts the veil on life for the Rajasthan Royals ahead of their clash against the Delhi Capitals, live on Sky Sports Cricket at 2Wednesday at 50h
Ben: « It was great to play my first game for the team and to win the most important victory It was a pleasure to see Rahul (Tewatia) and Riyan (Parag) going about their business in really good conditions. tough I’m excited for the next game and focused on doing everything I can to help the team «
Ben: « Obviously when Covid hit UK we were stranded for a while so it was my longest time without playing But yeah you’re really starting to miss the practice side and the play side So yes, I am amazed at the idea of starting to play regularly «
Ben: « Yeah, Steve Smith is without a doubt one of the best if not the best players in the world He improves any team and to have him on our squad is fantastic He’s a brilliant captain who knows it a lot about the game, reflects on his feet Obviously had him as captain in my freshman year in Pune too When that first game came up I was wondering what the batting line up was going to be and then Steve came out and opened the stick This is the first time I think he’s done it, really typical of Steve actually when something needs an answer, he’ll always put his hand up and try to deliver it to the team. »
Ben: « Yeah, I mean you can’t mimic match-fitness with training, but I did all I could with what was available to me Update everything, not only from a physical point of view, but also to get used to the heat Because this place is so hot, the first few days it was around 38-40 degrees, so after a few days of training in the heat and my first match under the belt, my body should adjust quickly «
Ben: « I think the first two games we played were fantastic Obviously I have an affiliation with Rajasthan but even watching as a fan would have been an amazing experience So many points scored and games that Last The last matches obviously didn’t go very well for us, but always at the start of the competition and it’s such a long competition as the IPL you’re going to win and you’re going to lose a few games It’s all about peaking at the right time and we have the confidence of the first two games to score great first innings and also in the second game where we chased a big total So, I’m sure everyone will gain some confidence in that and I hope we can turn the tide in the matches to come.
« I think Rahul’s innings against the Kings XI were mind blowing Chasing that total when we need fifty out of three overs, the credit to him for the way he played was just amazing to watch Completely changed the game and put the pressure back on them This is really the thing with T20 Cricket, one over can change the game, that game where he hit five sixes in that one was just amazing and crucial to get us through the line »
Ben: « I will be discussing with the leadership my role in the next games I want to come in and make a difference, I hope I can play a role and have a positive impact on the game for the Rajasthan Royals I hope I can achieve performances that can save us a few games and get those two points on the board «
You have had an impressive 2020 in the field, can you continue this form in the IPL?
Ben: « Yeah, I hope I haven’t played regularly for a long time, but that’s no excuse for me. I can gain confidence in my performance with England this summer but I hope things are going well for me in the field «
Ben: “Quarantine was pretty straightforward, I think I had my Xbox which was a big help to me, playing Call of Duty with a few of the boys Watching Netflix and Amazon Prime , so I managed to entertain myself I have a treadmill and a bike in my room with medicine balls, bands and stuff to continue my fitness routines
« Yeah, quarantined here I actually have like a secluded garden where no one else is allowed It’s good that people are allowed to walk past the area and have a chat So this made quarantine a little easier, have a little human contact for the six days So it’s not too bad a forties for me I talked to Sanju because he’s in the room next to me and Ankit came to me say hello «
Watch the Rajasthan Royals take on Delhi as our Dream11 IPL live coverage continues on Sky Sports Cricket Wednesday at 2:50 a.m.
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