IPL Ben Stokes ready to deliver for RPS in “life-changing” debut IPL2017 journey

Ben Stokes admits he will earn a “life-changing amount” from this year’s Indian Premier League, but he is focused on repaying Rising Pune Supergiant on the pitch.

Stokes hit the headlines ahead of the 10th edition of the IPL when RPS broke the auction record for an oversees player when they signed the Durham all-rounder for a whopping £1.7million.

Stokes should make his IPL bow for RPS against Mumbai Indians tomorrow (Thursday) and has admitted to being slightly overwhelmed by the pile of cash heading his way. He is determined to repay RPS for their faith in his talent.

“The money involved is pretty cool and a bit mental,” Stokes told The Sun. “It’s a life-changing amount but I find talking about it a little embarrassing.

“I can’t wait to start playing and getting stuck in. I want to try to win a few games and deliver on what the Supergiants have paid for me. It makes me want to work even harder.”

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Stokes will wear the number 55 shirt for RPS as he takes the field alongside his captain, Australian Steve Smith, and Indian megastar MS Dhoni for his debut match.

It’s been an astonishing year-and-a-bit for Stokes who smashed a brutal record breaking double century for England in Cape Town last winter and has since been named as England’s vice-captain to work with new skipper Joe Root. The 25-year-old’s feet have hardly touched the ground, but as his Durham coach, Jon Lewis, has said, he’s not the sort of lad to let the fuss and money change him.

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Stokes heads a list of eight England internationals to compete in this year’s IPL. The Royal Challengers paid £1.4million for short-form specialist fast bowler Tymal Mills. The Sussex left-arm bowler Mills is unable to play Test cricket because of a back injury.

Other England internationals to be involved in this year’s IPL include Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Jason Roy (Surrey), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Jos Buttler (Lancashire) and Sam Billings (Kent).

The all line up for a lucrative six weeks in the biggest T20 competition in world cricket.

James Buttler

James Buttler

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