As a cricket fan; everyone is relived that we; are now going to witness live cricket after almost 4 months. West Indies will take on England in a three-match Test series. First test will be played at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Southampton today.
Before the start of the match, cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara discussed about the series during the chat on Master Blaster`s app `100 MB`. During the conversation; when asked about most underrated all-rounder; Sachin named ‘Jason Holder’.
He said, “Jason Holder is the most under-rated all-rounder, because on the field, maybe you will look at Kemar Roach or Shannon Gabriel, but Jason Holder only when you look at the scoreboard, you realise that he has come in and taken three wickets.”
“When he is batting, he has scored those crucial 50-55 runs when it mattered, he is an underrated player but he contributes on a regular basis; he is a terrific player to have in your team,” he said while praising Holder.
Sachin-Lara discuss about Stokes’ captaincy.
After discussing about Jason Holder; both legends discussed about captaincy of ‘Ben Stokes’. Ben Stokes will lead; England in the first test as Joe Root has opted out of the match. Joe Root is set to become father for 2nd time.
When asked about Stokes’ captaincy by Lara, Sachin responded by saying:
“For Ben Stokes from what he has been through in the recent past to where he is today it is a total transformation and it can happen only to someone who is mentally strong. When I first looked at him a few years ago, I could see his body language it was so positive and vibrant and that energy is infectious.”
Sachin further added, “I always feel controlled aggression produces results and so far whatever I have seen, the aggression has been there but it is controlled. So this is what I think of Ben Stokes.”
“I felt that he was one of those players where in time to come you look back and say Ben stokes, (Andrew) Flintoff, Ian Botham these are the leading all-rounders who played for England. I really rate him highly and his impact on the field is a major one,” Sachin concluded.
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