The 2017 Bristol club fight that involved Alex Hales and Ben Stokes is one of the most controversial incidents in the history of English cricket. It saw Stokes getting suspended and sidelined from the national time. It was a traumatic time for Stokes. However, he believes that the Bristol incident might well turn out to be a life-changing incident for him.
“Thinking all this is going to be taken away from me might be the thing that has changed the way I do things,” Stokes told ESPNcricinfo. “I was that close to my career ending and being thrown away just like that. Maybe that is it.”
He added, “It sounds silly but, could Bristol have been the best thing that could have happened to me? Who knows. But maybe in terms of my way of thinking.”
The 27-year-old also revealed that he doesn't go out anymore, which is quite a change in his lifestyle.“I don’t go out anymore. I mean, I might go out for dinner, but I don’t go out-out [for a big night] anymore in England. I used to love going out and celebrating with the lads. But we can do that in the hotel and I don’t miss it. I don’t feel that urge anymore. Once you make the transition to not doing it then you don’t miss it," he added.
Kolkata Knight Riders have started the Indian Premier League 2019 with a bang. They have won three of their first four matches. The Dinesh Karthik-led franchise is co-owned by one of the finest actors in India, Shah Rukh Khan. Dinesh Karthik, who has interacted with SRK a lot, has stated that he is a top owner. The skipper further added that Shah Rukh Khan is a sports lover, who advocates healthy rivalry.
Shah Rukh Khan has always motivated players and has gone out of the way to help franchise members. His ownership has been lucky for KKR as they have won two IPL titles.
He also owns Trinbago Knight Riders and Cape Town Knight Riders in Caribbean Premier League and South Africa’s T20 Global League respectively.
“Firstly, he is a terrific person. In the little time, I have spent with him, he is a top owner to have and is genuinely a large-hearted person who wishes well for his team and other teams as well. He likes to see a good cricket match. He is someone who is sport loving. He is not all about KKR, and 'we need to win'. He likes to see a good game,” he said
“As much as he loves KKR and wants us to do really well, he is someone who understands losses and is able to react to them in a positive way. I am lucky to have an owner like him, to put him in a nutshell,” he added.