Ian Chappell Slams Ben Stokes' Captaincy After England's India Test Debacle

Ian Chappell Slams Ben Stokes’ Captaincy After England’s India Test Debacle

Legendary Australian cricketer Ian Chappell has launched a scathing attack on Ben Stokes’ captaincy following England’s 4-1 Test series defeat to India. Chappell believes that Stokes’ aggressive approach faltered at crucial moments, particularly in the fourth Test in Ranchi, which India won convincingly.

Chappell cited Stokes’ decision to open the bowling with part-timer Joe Root instead of experienced seamer Jimmy Anderson on the third evening of the Ranchi Test as a major error. India took full advantage, scoring 40 runs off just eight overs.

“Stokes missed a trick in Ranchi,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNCricinfo. “He then compounded his error by allowing too many easy singles on the final day by resorting to some cautious field placings. At a time when Stokes needed to be extremely brave as captain and hope he got lucky, he was abnormally conservative.”

Chappell believes that Stokes should take inspiration from Pakistan legend Javed Miandad, who was a master of leading teams in demanding chases.

“India probably would still have won but at least by going on the attack, Stokes would have given England their best chance of an upset victory,” Chappell said. “Stokes could improve his captaincy in demanding chases if he took the example of the leadership master in those situations – Pakistan’s Javed Miandad.”

Chappell also praised India captain Rohit Sharma for his astute leadership throughout the series.

“Rohit proceeded to take full advantage of the tentative field placings with a thoughtful innings and India’s solid opening partnership helped seal victory,” Chappell concluded.