ICC World Twenty20 2016: The all lonely Stokes


This is how twitter reacted to Stokes’ last over

To rely on a bowler like Stokes at the very last defining stage of the finals against a charging Windies would have been any captain’s decision, and especially when all other bowlers had their spells completed. Ben Stokes, the man of regent qualities since his early days in international cricket, was certainly amongst the best bets for England before the commencement of the tournament. But in just a matter of around 20 days, this England’s prodigious son ended up with bleak records that got a final stamping of inefficiency in the final match of the World T20.

Nightmares of the finals

Stokes took charge of defending the England target in the 11th over of the West Indian innings. Samuels, who by that time turned all domineering at the crease, took no time in dashing off Ben’s cutters for beautiful boundaries. When it was time to play hero for England in the final over, the pressure took the best of Stokes and he couldn’t do anything to prevent massive sixes from the West Indian Brathwaite. The match which was supposed to stretch till the final ball, got squeezed up short by the West Indian. Ben Stokes with his bowling spell of 0/41 in 2.4 overs turned out the most expensive bowler for England.

Surely Twitterati would have made it worst for him


And they kept going

Poor from the start!

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Contrary to his past bowling records, Ben Stokes couldn’t live up to his standards throughout the whole tournament. Though he was able to bring crucial dismissals (3/26) in the semi-final match against New Zealand, his performances (0/42, 0/23, 1/28, 0/19 and 0/41) in the rest of the matches failed to produce any heat.