England all-rounder Ben Stokes has devoted his largest Indian Premier League innings to his father, who’s battling most cancers in New Zealand.
Stokes smashed an unbeaten 107 off simply 60 balls to assist Rajasthan Royals beat holders Mumbai Indians by eight wickets on Sunday, retaining the inaugural IPL champions within the hunt for one of many 4 playoff locations.
Stokes raised his bat and hand with a folded finger after the hundred as a gesture to his ailing father whose center finger was amputated due to accidents whereas enjoying and training rugby league.
“Things are a bit difficult right now, but hope this has given a bit of happiness back home,” mentioned an emotional Stokes after recording his highest IPL rating with 14 fours and three sixes.
Stokes joined the Royals late within the United Arab Emirates after spending time with Ged Stokes, who has been identified with mind most cancers, in New Zealand.
New Zealand-born Stokes, who had pulled out of the England-Pakistan Check collection in August, had scored simply 110 runs in his 5 earlier matches this season. His earlier IPL greatest was 103 in 2017.
Stokes placed on a superb 152 third-wicket stand with Sanju Samson as Royals handed the 196 goal with 10 balls to spare.
The win in Abu Dhabi leaves the Steve Smith-led Royals sixth within the IPL desk with 10 factors from 12 video games.
Stokes’s efficiency was broadly hailed.
“Big Player, Big Impact! Brilliant by Ben Stokes to make this chase look very comfortable,” India’s batting nice Sachin tendulkar wrote on Twitter.
Veteran commentator Harsha Bhogle referred to as Stokes’s effort “an innings to remember” and former England skipper Michael Vaughan referred to as the innings a “class act”.
England teammate Jofra Archer, who returned figures of 2-31, additionally made a mark on the match with a surprising, leaping one-handed catch on the third-man boundary to dismiss Mumbai batsman Ishan Kishan off paceman Kartik Tyagi.