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Ben Stokes shows great sportsmanship in the Indian Premier League

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Ben Stokes is currently delegating his time between playing for his Rajasthan Royals in India and preparing for his trial in England on charges of affray, which he has pleaded not guilty on.

The Englishman is ordered to provide his defence statement by May 22.

Stokes was allegedly filmed in a fight in Bristol last year and was banned from the national team during last winter's Ashes defeat, although his ban has been lifted since.

Stokes is no stranger to controversy with multiple DUIs, arrested for obstructing police in 2011, not abiding by drinking rules during England’s tour to Australia in 2013 and numerous on-field incidents including bad language towards referees and opponent players under his belt.

But during a recent match between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, he showed a more gracious side of himself.

As you can see in the video below, the Sunrisers and New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson, hit the ball towards Stokes.

To most, it looked like the English all-rounder initially took a spectacular catch after diving forwards. However, as soon as he picked himself up he signalled that Williamson had been given a reprieve.

The replay showed that Stokes did catch the ball but lost it from his grip as he landed back on the field again.

The commentators were certainly impressed: “That is really, really good spirit and fair play.

“Got there, did all the hard work, and when he's hit the ground that's when it just bobbled out,” adding: “Good effort and great sportsmanship.”

And rightly so, particularly since the recent ball-tampering scandal, cricket's reputation has been tarnished somewhat so positive displays of sportsmanship have never been more welcome.

It had even greater importance given how the close match was with the Sunrisers eventually winning by 11 runs.

Stokes’ Royals sit fifth in the table after seven games played, four places below leaders the Sunrisers are first with eight games played.

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