Southampton, Jul 1 (PTI) England coach Chris Silverwood believes star all-rounder Ben Stokes will make up for a great leader when he replaces Joe Root as captain for the first Test against the West Indies starting here on July 8.

England's World Cup hero Ben Stokes was on Tuesday named captain for the opening Test against West Indies in place of Root, who has taken leave to be with his wife for the birth of their second child.

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Having never led a side in first-class cricket, star all-rounder Stokes will be captaining the national team for the first time in his career when England and West Indies lock horns in the opening Test of the three-match series at the Ageas Bowl.

"I think he will do a great job. He is a talisman, isn't he? He leads from the front anyway. He is conscious of the people around him as well so I think he will do a great job in Joe Root's absence," Silverwood was quoted as saying by 'The Guardian' newspaper.

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"We know he has got an aggressive nature but equally there is a good cricket brain in there as well. I think he will be quite vocal about what moves he is making out there.

"I'm looking forward to working with him from a coaching point of view. I will extend him the same courtesies I do Rooty. He will have a lot of say in what is going on and he will play a big part in giving his opinions across selection as well," he said.

Silverwood also revealed that Jos Buttler will be Stokes deputy in the opening Test.

The English coach is not reading much into Stokes' lack of leadership experience.

"He's been Rooty's right-hand man for a while now. I know Rooty does turn to him a lot. He's been involved in a lot of talks we have behind the scenes," Silverwood added. PTI SSC BS BS 07011101 NNNNket, a company insider said. 

Its arrival in India in 2017 opened the doors to fame for many ordinary Indians — be it Jain or a schoolgirl from Delhi, a couple from a town in Rajasthan or a dancer from a village in Jharkhand.

While these influencers are thankful for getting a platform to showcase their skills — from dance and music to fashion and food – many said the sole reason for their popularity is their talent.

Faridabad-based Sukrit Jain, also 23, created content under the handle TheGreatIndianFoodie and said he is unaffected by the ban.

“So what if TikTok is banned. Awesome content won't stop coming and will never end,” the influencer said.

“It's our talent that brought us here, and I'm sure that if not on this platform, then on some other. But we will surely rise again soon,” he added.

Sukrit Jain has already started expanding his content on other platforms like YouTube and Instagram.

TikTok might not have been a source of income for BJP leader Sonali Phogat but she was quite a star on the platform, where she would post her dance videos. Phogat had over 280,000 followers on the platform.

Phogat, who said she has been in politics “for the last 13 years” and has also done a stint as an actor, admitted that her videos on TikTok made her more accessible to the people of her home state Haryana. 

“My presence on TikTok had added to the popularity of my political personality. I was able to reach out to more number of people through these videos,” she said. 

But no complaints from her either.

“I stand by the government's decision because through these apps and other Chinese products, crores of rupees of Indian money goes into China. They have gained economically from us and now they are attacking our soldiers using those resources,” Phogat told PTI. 

“We can always use other apps. I am also active on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, but the best thing would be to have an Indian app. Why should we depend on others when we have educated and able youth in our own country?” she asked.

The move to ban Tik Tok comes in the backdrop of the current stand-off along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh with Chinese troops. 

Among the other banned Chinese apps are UC Browser, Helo, Likee, CamScanner, Vigo Video, Mi Video Call – Xiaomi, and Clash of Kings.

Some influencers also feel that banning Tik Tok is not much of a loss because of its “non-democratic algorithm”.

Like Instagram couple Abhiraj and Niyati, who post under the handle ‘Following Love'. They never signed up on TikTok.

“The platform algorithm is not democratic. Searching for a creator or following them on TikTok does not guarantee you will see their content. As against this, on other platforms, you see content from the people you choose to follow,” they said on email.

Motivational speaker Mahendra Dogney with nine million followers on Tik Tok and 1.49 million YouTube said many people would be affected by the ban.

“We had it good so far. My work is platform-based… I take offline seminars too. Still I wouldn't want it to be banned,” he said.

“I agree if it's harmful to the country's security, the issue should be resolved. But there are so many Indian creators who are literally running their households entirely through Tik Tok. Whatever they are earning is because of this platform,” he added.

According to Viraj Sheth, co-founder and CEO of Monk Entertainment, a digital entertainment company, the ban will affect the marketing strategies of Indian brands, especially those in the space of fast consumer goods, targeting not just metros but also tier I and tier II cities.

“A lot of brands catering to a younger target audience had started diverting 25-30 per cent of their social media spends to TikTok. They will now have to reconfigure this strategy,” he said.

An Indian alternative may already be there.

Amidst demands for home-grown apps, Chingari has seen an increase in the number of subscribers. Similar to TikTok, it is a short video-sharing app launched on Google Play in November 2018, and on iOS in January 2019.

Besides downloading and uploading videos, the app also allows users to chat with friends, and interact with new people.

The app has crossed 2.5 million downloads.

"In the last few days, we have witnessed a 400 per cent growth in the subscribers of the app,” co-founder Biswatma Nayak said in a statement on Monday.

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