Joe Root is one of the best batsman in the world, an incredible athlete and above all an inspiring captain, as English vice captain Ben Stokes described to his skipper on the memorable occasion of his 100th test match. Stokes stressed that he was privileged to have given Root his 100th Test cap, and said a winning start to the four-Test series would be a perfect gift for Root.
“I will certainly do what I can with bat, ball and in the field for the next five days to try and secure the victory we all want so badly in the first test against India,” he said.
“It would be the perfect way to end some very special days for Joe (Root).”
Root continued his red-hot form, hitting India for a century in its 100th test here on Friday.
“What a proud thrill it was to be asked to present our captain Joe Root with his 100th cap in a pre-match team meeting. These are special moments that you will carry with you throughout your career and it was great to see moment with a few heartfelt words, ”Stokes wrote in a column for the Guardian.
“To most people, Joe is an incredible athlete, one of the very best hitters the game has ever seen, and an inspiring captain and leader.
“But to some he is also just Joe, who is a kind and thoughtful person and a down to earth Sheffield guy who happens to be very good at cricket,” he added.
Stokes further described Root’s down-to-earth, friendly demeanor, citing an example when the English skipper stood next to him at a low stage in his life after being involved in a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub.
“There was no better example of this for me than a few years ago, when I went through a well-documented period in my life that was pretty tough. play along, not once did he distance himself from me, on the contrary, ‘he said.
“At the time he wasn’t my captain, he was my friend. It was a time when I didn’t get a ton of support from too many people, but Joe had my back, so I’ll always hold on to him. on which he dealt with that situation. ‘
Stokes was referring to his involvement in the Bristol nightclub brawl in September 2017 in the middle of an ODI series against the West Indies.
That incident led to the all-rounder missing the 2017/18 Ashes and the second test match against India due to a subsequent lawsuit. He also lost his clothing sponsorship with New Balance.
“And that was not only public in the media, but also in private. He was going through his own difficult time in Australia, but he stayed in constant touch and that meant a lot to me,” said Stokes, referring to Root’s support. .
‘That’s why I will do everything for him in situations where he needs me. If people wonder why I’d run through a brick wall for him, that’s why. ‘
Stokes said he was proud to be Root’s deputy as they make a good team.
“I couldn’t be prouder to be his vice-captain, a position that seemed far away not long ago, but even at this point his loyalty to me has never wavered,” he said.
“I like to think that we are a good team and that we have different skills that I hope can work well to help the team.”
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