Ipl 2017 Ben Stokes: The missing piece in the jigsaw
When you buy a player for Rs 14.5 crore, you expect him to be there at the business end of a tournament. However, Stokes was unavailable for the last phase of the IPL due to pre-Champions Trophy commitments with his national side, which is why Lockie Ferguson was brought in to replace the Englishman.
However, Ferguson had not even nearly had the impact that Stokes had had during the league stage of the tournament. In fact, Ferguson was RPS’ most expensive bowler on the night of the final, conceding as 21 runs in his two overs.
Stokes on the other hand, had a much better impact with both the bat and the ball, taking 12 wickets at a decent economy rate of 7.18.
It is safe to say that RPS were missing the presence of the big Englishman in the game, especially in the late overs, when the New Zealander conceded a lot of runs.