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The rising stocks of all-rounder Liam Livingstone

Some of the striking abilities which English all-rounder Liam Livingstone possesses, includes his swashbuckling love-affair with the blazing blade, his wily spin bowling that entails both off-spin and leg-spin and his ability to be a gun fielder. These abilities make him an indispensable part of any team and it won’t be long before we see Livingstone in the English national team jersey again.

The recently-concluded high-octane ‘The Hundred’ was an amalgamation of pure euphoria, ecstasy and excitement for the hardcore cricket lovers and also for the part-time lovers of this sport. Fireworks were on display: both on and off the ground. And a considerable number of fireworks were on display from the bat of Liam Livingstone. The bloke from Barrow-in-Furness seemed like he belongs to some other planet and lives in some other dimension. The sheer ease with which he tonked those humongous sixes and the sheer charisma he displayed while captaining his side Birmingham Phoenix to a final, made heads turn and made people become his fans. Liam Livingstone filled in the shoes of skipper Moeen Ali, while the latter was away on national duty for the India vs England Test series.

A 32-run defeat in the finals of this showpiece event at the hands of Southern Brave must not overshadow the incredible grit and determination with which Liam Livingstone presented himself before the English crowd and world media.

The enigmatic all-rounder had the price of 35 at the beginning of ‘the Hundred’. His entire world changed and the stars kept aligning for him in the next five weeks. With a current price of 83.65 in the SportsInddex application, Liam Livingstone has sent out mixed feelings amongst the users. The ones who had got hold of his services are celebrating with the utmost joy and ecstasy and the ones who failed to get him or had second thoughts and did not buy him, are banging their heads with utter disappointment and are very distraught. A sheer 120% surge in his stock price!

With a man of the match award in the final, man of the tournament award and 302 runs in 8 innings, Liam Livingstone has etched his name in bold letters, all over ‘the Hundred’s’ event. A domineering batsman, Liam Livingstone certainly has left an indelible impression on the minds of all viewers and has landed on to the doors of the English national team selectors’ doors with a thud.

What makes him even more special is that, Liam Livingstone contributed handsomely with the ball as well. Picking up 5 wickets, Liam Livingstone ticked all boxes in proving to everyone, that he is presently one of the most complete players in the world and of the England cricket team. A guy who can send Moeen Ali a run for his money. That England has time and again provided some amazing all-rounders to the cricketing fraternity, Liam Livingstone is a living testament. Fiery batting, compact bowling and electrifying fielding: that essentially summed up the stand-in-skipper of Birmingham Phoenix in the inaugural edition of The Hundred.