ENG vs PAK: Ben Stokes achieves unique feat, leads England in ODI on the same date as Test captaincy debut

ENG vs PAK: Bingo! Ben Stokes captains his first ODI match on same date of his first Test captaincy
ENG vs PAK: Bingo! Ben Stokes captains his first ODI match on same date of his first Test captaincy

ENG vs PAK: Ben Stokes achieves unique feat, leads England in ODI on the same date as Test captaincy debut: Ben Stokes, who is making his debut appearance as ODI captain in the white-ball series against Pakistan, seems to have a unique fortune. Coincidentally, the date of Stokes’s first ODI as captain and first Test as captain has dawned on July 8 on consecutive years. The unique record was brought by IPL franchisee Rajasthan Royals in their recent Tweet.

The Tweet captioned “First Test as Captain: 8th July, 2020 First ODI as Captain: 8th July, 2021 A date Ben Stokes will never forget.”

Ben Stokes made his Test debut as a captain last year against West Indies. In the absence of Joe Root who missed the first Test against West Indies because of the birth of his second child then, Ben Stokes was adjudged as the captain.

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Drilling to now, Team England have adjudged Stokes as the new captain in ODI as the entire squad led by Eoin Morgan has been isolated after 7 members tested positive on Tuesday. The 18 member new team under Stokes’s leadership has been announced after the news that three members of the playing group and four members of the management staff had tested positive for COVID-19.

ENG vs PAK: Where first ODI match stand as of now?

It seems Ben Stokes is enjoying his beginner’s luck as captain in the ongoing first ODI against Pakistan in Cardiff. Despite five debutants playing for the Three Lions, Ben Stokes-led England Team is breathing fire in the contest.

In just 11 overs thrown till now, they seemed to have jolted Pakistan’s side and toppled their top batting line-up. Currently, the men in green seem to be suffering with just 51 runs at the loss of four wickets.