The English allrounder found it tough to live up the expectations initially in his maiden appearance in the IPL but he went on to impose himself with some brilliant performances with both bat and ball to end up as the tournament's most valuable player. One such knock that stamped his credentials was the knock against Gujarat Lions.
With the top four departing for single digit scores, Supergiant were staring at a defeat in their chase of 162. Stokes though, counterattacked to hit one of the best centuries ever witnessed in the tournament's history to pull his side past the finishing line. It also happened to be his maiden hundred in the format. Ben Stokes (103 NOT OUT off 63 balls) vs Gujarat Lions.