As the T20I World cup is drawing nearer, the teams are getting ready with their combinations. England is considered as the strong favourites. They not only have a strong team but lots of options.
Their batting has got insane power hitters with players like Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan etc. Recently Liam Livingstone has been hitting sixes for fun and looks like a match-winner that England will surely bank on. Their bowling is decent too and therefore look to be the favourites to win.
However, they have been badly jolted with the sudden news of one of their leading player going to miss the marquee event.
Ben Stokes, the best all-rounder in the world has currently taken a break from the game to deal with mental issues and bio bubble fatigue. He also has a hand injury and played with that in the Pakistan ODIs in a hurriedly assembled team due to covid issues which made the original team go into quarantine.
Stokes due to the above reason is already missing the Indian series and the IPL and it is now said that he will be missing the World cup T20I too, which will be a huge blow to England’s chances.
Despite having an array of power hitters, England bank a lot on Ben Stokes’ charisma to win matches.His all-around skills and his ability to raise his game in difficult situations are his assets.
Stokes absence is good news for England’s rivals as they will get a chink in the England armour and will try to exploit it.
It remains to be seen how England think tank deals with Ben Stokes absence.