Born in New Zealand, Ben Stokes is the son of rugby league player Gerard Stokes. He moved to England after his father was appointed head coach of Workington Town rugby league club. Ben Stokes played cricket for the Cockermouth Cricket Club while in school and went on to win the North Lancashire & Cumbria Cricket League,
Apart from his heroics on the field, Ben Stokes is also known to be quite a controversial character outside the pitch. On 25th September 2017, Ben Stokes was involved in a brawl in Bristol. The incident took place just hours after England had played a one-day international against the West Indies in the city
In picture: Ben Stokes on a dinner date with his wife in Barbados
On the night of the brawl, allegedly, Ben Stokes offered the club's door supervisor Andrew Cunningham £60, then £300, for entry, and became abusive when this was refused. Two gay men, Kai Barry and William O'Connor, emerged from the nightclub and began talking to Stokes and Hales.
Following this, Ben Stokes allegedly got into a brawl. A fight ensued and a 27-year-old man allegedly suffered a fractured eye socket and a bloody nose and Ben Stokes was identified as the main aggressor. Following the incident, Stokes lost his England vice-captaincy and also his place in the team for the Ashes tour. He was charged with affray for the brawl but in a court verdict, he was found not guilty and he returned to the England squad.
A prosecutor, described Ben Stokes as being "provocative and offensive" and in an "angry state of mind" before the alleged fight.
In pic: Ben Stokes and his wife Clare click an elevator selfie during an event.
Ben and Clare tied the knot on October 14, 2017. Among the guests at the couple's wedding were England stars Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan as well as former greats Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood. Fellow cricketers Sam Billings and Scott Borthwick also attended
Ben and Clare have two small children, Layton and Libby. The cricketer was just 21 when his son was born. Clare gave birth to their daughter in 2015
Some 200 of their closest friends and family were at the church service to see the happy couple tie the knot, with Libby and Layton acting as flower girl and page boy. During the wedding, locals were stunned to see some of England's most famous athletes flood their village, with one offering Alastair Cook the use of his driveway to park his Range Rover.
Ben Stokes’ wife Clare shared this image of her wedding, with a caption “Thank you so much to the whole team at Cadbury House! But especially Alice and Steph! They went above and beyond to make this wedding perfect for us! We are so grateful! The venue was perfect, the staff were amazing and the food was incredible! Thank you!”
Ben Stokes was the star for his team where he took England to a maiden World Cup win by winning the 2019 edition.
Ben Stokes spotted enjoying India's hospitality at The Rambagh Palace, with wife Clare Stokes
An adorable picture of Clare Stokes with her son. She wrote, “He will NOT do a nice face”
Clare Stokes shared this funny picture with hubby Ben Stokes after leaving their children at their parents home. She captioned, “The face you make when you're leaving the kids with Grandma!!!!!!”
Ben Stokes seen sharing a kiss with wife Clare post a Rajasthan Royals' match, during IPL 2018
Ben Stokes's wife Clare, shared this picture of the couple relaxing in a hot tub. She captioned, "A moment of calm #champagne #hottub #heavilyfiltered"
Ben Stokes’ wife Clare Stokes’ shared this picture on the couple’s 6-month anniversary. She captioned, “6 months married! Feels like a lifetime...in a good way! @stokesy”
Clare Stokes in a beautiful picture with her kids, Ben Stokes an attacking middle-order batsman, he holds the record for England's fastest ever Test double-century, the fastest ever Test match 250, and the highest ever score for a Test batsman batting at six. He also holds the record for the most runs scored by an individual batsman in the morning session of a Test match. Stokes became the highest paid overseas player in the history of the Indian Premier League in 2017, fetching a record contract of Rs. 145 million (£1.7 million)
Clare Stokes shared this picture with Ben Stokes from Disney Land in Paris. She captioned, “Last #selfie before we leave #disneylandparis tomorrow @benstokes38”
Clare Stokes is a loving mom and that can be seen in this goofy picture she shared with her child Layton on his birthday
England all-rounder Ben Stokes is one of the costliest ever buys in IPL history. Rajasthan Royals bought the match-winner for Rs. 12.5 crores in the 2018 IPL auctions. However, 2018 was not a great year for Ben Stokes as he could manage only 196 runs and 8 wickets in the 13 matches that he played.
Earlier, Ben Stokes' IPL career started in 2017, when Rising Pune Supergiants purchased the player in the auctions for a mammoth Rs. 14.5 crores. He rewarded the team that year by scoring 316 runs and picking up 12 wickets in only 12 matches.
Ben Stokes was the star of the World Cup final by taking England to their first World Cup trophy with his performance with the ball and bat. As the world raves about the all-rounder's match-winning performance we look at the cricketer's life off the pitch, where he loves to go on holidays with his wife. (Pics/ Ben Stokes Instagram)
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