I would rather be in bio-bubble playing cricket than sit at home: Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes, RR vs KXIP
By: PTI |

October 29, 2020 7:33:52 pm

I would rather be in bio-bubble playing cricket than sit at house: Stokes (Rajasthan Royals/Twitter)

The monotony of being in a bio-bubble may be a priority for some however not for English all-rounder Ben Stokes who feels the isolating measure at least lets him play the game he loves whereas the world battles a raging pandemic.

In an interview to PTI, the world’s premier all-rounder spoke about life in a bio-bubble amid the COVID-19 menace and host of different points together with his position as an opener in T20 cricket for Rajasthan Royals.

“It obviously comes with its challenges, you know being away from the family, being in the same place for a long period of time, it can get a bit monotonous after a certain point of time,” Stokes mentioned.

But he feels that issues must be put in perspective to grasp that a bit monotony with all comforts places sportsmen in a greater place than a whole lot of different individuals.

“…we would much rather be in a bubble playing cricket and doing what we love than sitting at home not being able to do that. We need to put things into perspective, there are millions in the world suffering a lot more than what we are,” he reasoned.

“Thinking about them when we feel that times are getting tough makes it a little bit easier.”

Concerns have been raised about extended keep in a bio-bubble with Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq warning of psychological penalties.

Stokes conceded that being in a bio-bubble takes away the liberty that the gamers are so used to.

“I feel it’s a really challenging thing to go through. Especially, when it’s so far away from what we have been used to for so many years.”

Stokes feels the gamers owe it to the thousands and thousands of followers, who assist them over years and the least they’ll do is put up a efficiency that’s watchable on tv.

“Being in a bio-secure bubble takes away that freedom that we’re used to however wanting at the larger image, it’s a duty that we’ve got on our shoulders as skilled cricketers and athletes to maintain the sport occurring the TV screens.

“Giving the fans the entertainment that they want,” he mentioned.

Coming to cricket, Stokes, who hit an impressive hundred in opposition to Mumbai Indians, is having fun with the position of an opener, one thing he’s unable to do in a packed English top-order.

“Yeah, I am really enjoying this new role. I have had conversations with Macca (coach Andrew McDonald) really long ago now, the IPL usually happens earlier in the year, so we had discussions even before that. I am really enjoying the new role,” mentioned the hero of England’s 2019 World Cup triumph.

Stokes made it clear that he at all times needed to open the innings.

“It is one thing that I have type of at all times needed to slowly and progressively get into.

“In the England crew, it’s very powerful with the quantity of high quality of batsmen we’ve got received, like Jason Roy, Tom Banton, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales and all these guys who’re all opening batsmen, so it’s a really exhausting place to get into.

“So yeah, really enjoying the opportunity and responsibility I’ve been given here at the Royals,” he added.

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