Joe Root made his international debut for England in 2012. He made his maiden Test appearance against India in Nagpur. Root was earmarked for success right then. He was first among the quartet of Fab-4 (Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, and Virat Kohli) to have played 100 Tests. He had a middling 2019 and 2020 when his place amongst the greats was being questioned. But he came roaring back in 2021 with successive centuries in 3 Tests. Here we go Joe Root and Ben Stokes different lifestyle.
Root has proven to be a worthy batsman in limited-overs too wherein he averages a stellar 50 having scored 5962 runs in 140 ODI innings. He played a key role in England’s ODI World Cup win in 2019. Root is also known to have a golden arm. He recorded stunning figures of 5-8 against India in the 3rd Test at Ahmedabad.
The rise of Ben Stokes:
Ben Stokes is widely regarded as the best all-rounder in the modern game. Stokes announced himself to the cricketing world in 2013 when he scored a terrific maiden Test century against Australia in Perth. He was one of the key members responsible for changing the way England played limited-overs cricket.
Stokes played two monumental innings in space of two months to help England win historic games. He was the Man of the Match in the World Cup final against New Zealand. Stokes followed it up with one of the best 4th innings knocks when he scored 135 to register a brilliant win against rivals Australia in the Ashes series.
The T20 Journey comparison:
Joe Root played a fabulous knock against South Africa in the 2016 T20 World Cup helping England chase down 230. Root scored 83 of just 44 balls thereby shutting down the notion that he is a single format cricketer. But Root has never played in the IPL, he strangely doesn’t find a place in England’s T20I team too. He is too good a cricketer to not be playing the shortest format of the game.
Stokes on the other hand is a T20 phenomenon. He is one of the most sought-after players in the IPL. He was the most expensive player in the IPL auctions for 2 consecutive years in 2017 and 2018. The Rising Pune Supergiant team acquired Stokes for INR 14.5 crores in 2017. While the Rajasthan Royals bought him for INR 12.5 crores in IPL 2018 auctions.
Lifestyle choices of Joe Root and Ben Stokes :
Joe Root has captained England’s Test team with distinction. He is one of the highest-paid Test captains in the world. Root boasts of a net worth of INR 22 crores. He isn’t big on franchise cricket and hence all of his income is generated from the matches he plays for England. Root receives a handsome salary of INR 8.15 crores per year.
Stokes is one of the leading cricketers in the world. His net worth is right up there with the best players. Stokes’s net worth is estimated to be around INR 80 crores. He receives annual compensation of INR 12.5 crores while playing for the Rajasthan Royals.
Ben Stokes is one of the few English cricketers who receives a multi-format contract from the ECB. He draws an annual salary of INR 8.2 crores from the England cricket board. Stokes earns INR 1.8 crores from his sponsorship deal with New Balance, now earns an even better amount after being signed by Gunn & Moore.