Ben Stokes reveals his favourite IPL 2020 player and toughest opponent

Ben Stokes is currently playing in the Indian Premier League for Rajasthan Royals (Picture: Getty)

England all-rounder Ben Stokes says Rajasthan Royals team-mate Rahul Tewatia has been his ‘favourite’ player of the 2020 Indian Premier League.

Tewatia, 27, has been one of Rajasthan’s most influential stars in Dubai over the past six weeks, scoring 224 runs at an average of 45 and a strike-rate of 144, and taking seven wickets.

Despite his contributions, Rajasthan Royals still face an uphill battle to qualify for the IPL play-offs, currently sitting seventh with two group matches remaining.

Stokes arrived at the IPL late due to compassionate leave but has been impressed by Tewatia since joining the Royals and says his team-mate has been ‘phenomenal’.

‘My favourite is definitely Rahul Tewatia,’ Stokes said. ‘I think he has burst onto the scene this year as a T20 cricketer.

‘I think he is showing people who he is; if I’m being perfectly honest, I thought he was just a leg spinner, but he is showing us what he can do with the bat.

‘He has been phenomenal for us and he’s got something about him. He’s a real competitor.

‘He gets really fired up for the big occasions and wants to be a part of them. So I’ve really enjoyed watching him go about his business.’

In a wide-ranging Q&A with Red Bull, Stokes also said his superb century in the Lord’s Test during the 2019 Ashes series against Australia was his favourite innings to date.

‘My favourite innings was when I got a hundred at Lord’s during that Ashes,’ the World Cup winner added.

Ben Stokes scored a century against Australia in the Lord’s Test (Picture: Getty)

‘It had been a while since I had got one for England and I remember the happiness that it gave me.

‘I had started thinking about the fact that I hadn’t got a hundred in a long time, so when I eventually got that one after two or three years, I was very happy.’

Stokes, meanwhile, said former Australia star Peter Siddle was the ‘toughest bowler’ he has faced, having struggled against him during the 2013 Ashes series.

‘In 2013 in Australia, I said at the time that it was Peter Siddle. I found him incredibly hard work,’ Stokes admitted.

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