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Test cricket’s future is safe in hands of youngsters, says Ben Stokes on Shoaib Bashir, Dhruv Jurel
By SMCS - Feb 26, 2024 4:30 pm
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England lost the fourth Test to India in Ranchi on Monday, 26 February. With this, they also lost the Test series in India with one Test in hand. Youngsters Dhruv Jurel and Shubman Gill remained unbeaten in the final innings of the match to guide India to take an unassailable lead of 3-1 in the five-match Test series as well. While speaking after the loss in Ranchi, the England captain Ben Stokes talked about the positives instead of criticising his team. However, he said that he was happy for the future of Test cricket.

Shoaib Bashir
Shoaib Bashir bowled a phenomenal spell

“Look, I think, you know, I think it’s a great Test match. Look at the scoreboard. India win by 5 wickets. I don’t think it really gives enough credit to the game is a whole, you know, the ebbs and flows, every single day that happened,” Ben Stokes said in the post-match presentation. “Have to give some credit to the spinners you know Tom, hardly and Shoaib Bashit, to come out put in that performance throughout the whole Test at such an early stage of their career, I mean, incredible. I could not be more proud of that.”

Ben Stokes opined on the youngsters from both sides who played well in the Ranchi Test match. For England, it was Shoaib Bashir who scalped his first five-wicket haul in his debut Test series. For India, it was Dhruv Jurel, who played well in both innings as well. Jurel scored 90 in the first innings and remained not out at 39 in the final innings of the match as well.

“I mean, look, that’s just the way I am a person. That’s the way I’m captain. It’s allowing, you know, these young guys to come into you know, pretty intimidating situation in test cricket against India who are incredibly hard to come out here and play against. Just allowing the freedom to run up and treat every ball is an occasion, rather than thinking about something that’s already happening, can’t be changed,” Stokes further added.

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Dhruv Jurel ad Shubman Gill took India over the line

“You know, I think so far the series really has a lot of talent, not only for us, but also for India. I am a massive Test cricket fan, I love Test cricket and I think on both sides we’ve seen some young, inexperienced players come out. I think the future is great for Test cricket,” Stokes again shared.

“We have been good in periods. When we had the turn with the bat, I don’t want to say impossible because everything is possible. But against Ashwin, Jadeja and Kuldeep on these kind of surfaces is difficult. That little period was very tough for us,” Stokes said. “You come into the series to win. I have come here for two years and my message always is to be consistent. Everyone has given everything on the field and that’s what matters to us,” concluded Ben Stokes.