Widely regarded as the best and most exciting all-rounder in World cricket, Ben Stokes is an England International that is arguably one of the most profile players in the world. A hard hitting batsman and right arm fast bowler, Stokes’ all round ability together with his outstanding fielding have led to him becoming one of the most sought after talents in the cricket world and this demand was personified by him becoming the most expensive overseas player ever in Indian Premier League with a staggering price tag on £1.7 million paid for his services. A dynamic and explosive cricketer who has already made a tremendous impact on the game, Stokes has been tipped to become one of the greatest all rounders of all time. An incredibly prevalent and instantly recognisable figure, Ben Stokes’ popularity and demand has transferred to the after dinner speaker circuit where his work as a cricket speaker gains almost unrivalled requests.
Born in New Zealand, Ben moved to England at a young age and was earmarked as a child prodigy due to his magnificent performances in local cricket and for Durham CCC’s youth teams. Showing signs of early promise Stokes was a part of the England youth set up and stole the headlines after scoring a blistering century for the England U19 team at the ICC Under 19 World Cup. Making his First Class and List A debuts in 2010, Stokes enjoyed an incredibly successful breakthrough season and was rewarded with a place in the England Performance Programme before travelling to Australia during the 2010–11 Ashes. Making his International debut in 2011, Stokes did not play for England in 2012 due to a combinations of injuries, lack of form and disciplinary issues which saw him be sent home from an England Lions tour after he ignored a team curfew. During his work as a cricket speaker Stokes discusses the beginning of his career and reflects upon his exploits for the England U19 team that played a large part in the excitement surrounding his talents.
A member of the 2013-14 Ashes Series squad that suffered a 5-0 whitewash down under, Stokes was one of the only highlights to come from the series as he recorded his maiden Test century in the Third Test as well as recording his first 5 wicket haul in the final test which contributed to him being the third highest scorer and second highest wicket taker in the series. Making sporadic contributions and not yet a consistent fixture within the England team, Stokes cemented his place in the side following the 2015 Ashes. Making vital contributions in every game of the series whether it be with the bat or the ball without Stokes it is difficult to know if England would have won the series. As a cricket speaker Ben discusses what it is like to play in an Ashes Series and the pressures and challenges that come with such a high profile series.
Perhaps Stokes’ career defining moment as a batsman came against South Africa, faced with a lot of criticism and scrutiny over his inconsistency at the time, Ben answered his critics in dramatic style scoring a career best and extraordinary 258 not out including 30 fours and 11 sixes. The second fastest double century in the history of Test Cricket and the fastest 250, this unforgettable innings that Ben recalls during his work as a cricket speaker showed the world what a talent he was. Following one of the highs in his career one of his greatest lows followed in the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup final where he was unsuccessful in defending 19 runs in the final over and as a result lost the trophy to West Indies after being hit for 4 consecutive 6’s by Carlos Brathwaite. A tragic and devastating experience, Stokes speaks of this moment during his work as a cricket speaker and mentions how the experience drove him to succeed more then ever before as well as sharing what he learnt.
Stokes bounced back from the tragedy of the final to consistently make world class all-round performances that caught the attention of world cricket and resulted in him being heralded as the greatest all-rounder in the world. A spectacular century against India in India and figures of 6 for 22 at Lord’s were amongst his performances that garnered huge praise and plaudits from worldwide and cemented his status as a superstar. A wonderful player on the field, Stokes has also experienced controversary within his career having had numerous disciplinary issues in the past but none greater than the incredibly well documented and publicised antics outside a nightclub in Bristol. During his performances as a cricket speaker Stokes talks about the highs and lows he has experienced in his life and how he has dealt with adversity and the incredible scrutiny he has faced to bounce back to continue his fantastic performances as a player.
One of the most desirable cricketers in the world, Stokes has played in the Big Bash however the greatest and most lucrative spells in his career have come playing for Rajasthan Royals and Rising Pune Supergiants where on both counts he sold for a staggering £1.7 million. Scoring an incredible match winning hundred in his first year in the India Premier League, Stokes has won the hearts of Indian fans and cricket fans around the world and has left his supporters breath taken by his brilliance. The best all-rounder in the world, England superstar Ben Stokes is available to hire as a cricket speaker for any event, dinner or function.