England‘s limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan praised Ben Stokes‘ performance in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. Morgan believes his ability to perform despite some big names in Rising Pune Supergiant’s camp will keep him and the entire England squad in good stead ahead of the all-important ICC Champions Trophy 2017. The marquee event will take place from June 1 when hosts England take on Bangladesh. The 30-year-old also believes his side is well placed for a ‘ruthless’ ICC event which spans over two weeks. England have not won the trophy for once since its inception and will be itching to make amends this time around. READ: ICC CT 2017: Shami an automatic choice in IND team, feels Ganguly
“It was absolutely incredible. You look at why guys go and play in tournaments like this, and it is so that they can produce performances like Ben’s, and sit in the same team as the Australian captain and an Indian legend, and out-perform them. It builds a huge amount of confidence and it’s a huge stepping block for us as England cricketers because the huge challenge as a professional cricketer is to get to where you aspire to be, and gain the confidence through that to do it again and again. It is a game that’s played in the mind”, Morgan was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
Morgan also added that Stokes’ growth in IPL is beneficial for England. He stated, “It just proves he can compete with the best. Fifty-over cricket has come a long way. The similarities with T20 aren’t that far away, and rubbing shoulders with the best names in the world, outperforming them and growing in confidence playing with them, are two things he’ll have in abundance when he comes back. It makes us grow as a group knowing that we have a player who is potentially the best in the world.”
“It’s very exciting, and it’s something we’ve been looking forward to for quite a while now. I wish it would hurry up and come round, but once we start playing these games it’ll fly round. I think we are definitely in with a shout (for the Champions Trophy title). We have all the attributes to go and win the tournament but it’s a ruthless competition, you need to win pretty much every game from group stage and straight through. It’s come at an important time for us. And it’ll be a good gauge of where we are at as a side. We’ve done a lot of great stuff up until now, but we still have a long way to go before 2019 World Cup”, concluded Morgan.