BCCI President Slams Ben Stokes’ Captaincy, Blames It For England’s Downfall

England cricket team skipper Ben Stokes© AFP

BCCI president and former India seamer Roger Binny strongly feels that England skipper Ben Stokes’ aggressive captaincy has been trumped by his Indian counterpart Rohit Sharma’s patience and tactical nous in the ongoing series between the two teams. India have already clinched the five-Test series with an unassailable 3-1 lead and look good for a 4-1 final result after dismissing the visitors for 218 on the opening day of the fifth Test here on Thursday. India ended the day at a comfortable 135 for 1.

“Well, the captaincy of Ben Stokes so he has been more aggressive, and I think that has been the (reason for their) downfall in the few Test matches,” Binny, who is here to watch the proceedings, told PTI Video in an exclusive chat.

The 68-year-old Binny, who played 27 Tests and 72 ODIs for India between 1979 and 1987, didn’t find it prudent on the part of English willow wielders to take an all-or-nothing approach on most occasions against a quality Indian spin attack.

“Being so aggressive and trying to take on the Indian spinners in difficult times (situations) rather than hanging around and trying to make a big score,” said Binny.

The BCCI president is very impressed with the manner in which Rohit has waited for opportunities and the right time to pounce on the opposition.

“Rohit Sharma again has been very tactful. You know he knew exactly what he wanted to do and he got his bowlers to do that.” England started the series with a victory in Hyderabad but things have gone downhill for them since then. So what changed? “I don’t think England changed their strategy. They went on the same attacking mode like what they did in the first Test match. But, I think, Rohit was more patient because he had the first Test in his pocket at one stage and then he let it go. He was patient enough in the next two Tests and won both.” England on the opening day of the final Test were 100 for 1 at one stage before being all out for 218 and Binny believes that only they are to be blamed for this downfall.

“I think England have themselves to blame for the situation they are in at the moment. I think they started well in the morning, they looked as if they would put up a fighting score.

“So far, it has been India’s day. They have been batting well also so far and I think the Test series has been very one-sided after the first Test that England won. From then onwards, the Indian team has done well and it has dominated the series.”

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