Ben Stokes: I would rather be in bio-bubble playing cricket than sit at home

England all-rounder Ben Stokes opened up on life inside a bio-bubble and a host of other issues including his role as an opener in the IPL for Rajasthan Royals.

England and Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes.   -  BCCI/IPL

The monotony of being in a bio-bubble might be a concern for some but not for English all-rounder Ben Stokes who feels the isolating measure at least lets him play the sport he loves while the world battles a raging pandemic.

“It obviously comes with its challenges, you know being away from the family, being in the same place for a long period of time, it can get a bit monotonous after a certain point of time,” Stokes told PTI.

But he feels that things need to be put in perspective to understand that a little monotony with all comforts puts sportsmen in a better position than a lot of other people.

”...we would much rather be in a bubble playing cricket and doing what we love than sitting at home not being able to do that. We need to put things into perspective, there are millions in the world suffering a lot more than what we are,” he reasoned.

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However, Stokes conceded that being in a bio-bubble takes away the freedom that the players are so used to.

“I feel it’s a really challenging thing to go through. Especially, when it’s so far away from what we have been used to for so many years,” he added.

“Being in a bio-secure bubble takes away that freedom that we are used to but looking at the bigger picture, it’s a responsibility that we have on our shoulders as professional cricketers and athletes to keep the game going on the TV screens. Giving the fans the entertainment that they want.”

Rajasthan Royals star Stokes, who hit a magnificent hundred against Mumbai Indians, is enjoying the role of an opener, something he is unable to do in a packed English top-order.

“Yeah, I am really enjoying this new role. I have had conversations with Macca (coach Andrew McDonald) really long ago now, the IPL usually happens earlier in the year, so we had discussions even before that. I am really enjoying the new role,” said the hero of England’s 2019 ICC World Cup triumph.

"It is something that I have sort of always wanted to slowly and gradually get into. In the England team, it’s very tough with the amount of quality of batsmen we have got, like Jason Roy, Tom Banton, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales and all these guys who’re all opening batsmen, so it’s a very hard place to get into. So yeah, really enjoying the opportunity and responsibility I’ve been given here at the Royals."

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