India vs England: Yuvraj Singh praises 'quality hitter' Ben Stokes, wants English players to play in IPL

IANS, Feb, 02 2017

Bengaluru: Veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh on Thursday praised England all-rounder Ben Stokes saying the 25-year-old is an overall package and will surely get big bucks in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.

The 35-year-old southpaw also said the cash-rich league will improve the game of the budding English cricketers.

Ben Stokes comes as a complete package for Yuvraj Singh. AFP

Ben Stokes comes as a complete package for Yuvraj Singh. AFP

"He's a quality hitter, fast bowler and fielder. He'll definitely get the big bucks. He brings a lot to the table," Yuvraj was quoted as saying by BBC.

"If these guys come and play in the IPL, their skills will improve. The more they play in different conditions, the better they will become," he added.

The Punjab batsman admitted the Indian players always enjoy bantering with the English players on the field.

"I always see Ben and Virat (Kohli) having a go at each other. It's great for cricket to have passion," Yuvraj said.

"We always have banter with the English. My old battles were with Andrew Flintoff," he added.

The IPL auction was scheduled to be held on Saturday. But reports on Wednesday suggested the auction may be delayed and could take place in the third week of February.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to confirm the auction date. The tournament is scheduled to be held from 5 to May 21 April.

Published Date: Feb 02, 2017 | Updated Date: Feb 02, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115