Melbourne: England has won their second T20 World Cup title, beating Pakistan in the final on Sunday. The 138-run chase at a moment looked too heavy for the English side. With few early blows England just needed anchoring innings that could take them past the victory rope. Thanks to Ben Stokes’ unbeaten 52 off 49, England chased the target with five wickets and six balls to spare.
Sam Curran, the Man of the tournament and the Man of the Match stated that Ben Stokes perhaps deserved to be named the Player of the Match. Given his performance under pressure actually deserved so.
Ben Stokes- A felon in 2016 T20 WC; A hero in 2022 T20 WC
England’s big match player, Ben Stokes redeemed himself after a forgetful over in the 2016 edition of ICC’s T20 World Cup against West Indies in Kolkata. While, England was on the verge of clinching its second T20 title, having to defend 19 runs in the last over. With Carlos Braithwaite at the striker’s end, Ben Stokes got smashed for four consecutive sixes in his over, to lose the chance. The derogatory rest is well known to all.
Nevertheless, six years later, the former English captain rescued his side from danger to seal the victory in the 2022 T20 World Cup final. However, this was not the first time that the special player took the team home. His 84 not-out in the final of ICC’s ODI World Cup, single-handedly won England its first ODI World Cup title, that too in a nail-biting clash against New Zealand.
Man of the Moment Stokes had his say
Reflecting upon his match-winning knock against the Men in Green, Stokes mentioned,
“In finals especially when chasing… you probably forget all the hard work before that, how we bowled. Adil Rashid and Sam Curran won us the game. It was a tricky wicket and one that you never felt in. So to restrict them to 130-odd bowlers have to take a lot of credit for that. With that (defeat to Ireland) being so early in the competition we obviously had to address it, say what had to be said, and then let it o. In tournaments like these, you can’t carry baggage with you, that was a little blip on the way, credit to Ireland for tuning up and beating us, but the best teams learn their mistakes and do not let it affect them. Pretty good evening. Representing your country in World Cups is amazing… but it has been a good one.”
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