Melbourne: England won their second T20 World Cup title, beating Pakistan in the final on Sunday. The chase of 138 runs at one point looked too heavy for the English side. With few early hits, England just needed anchor tackles that could carry them over the winning rope. Thanks to Ben Stokes’ Unbeaten 52 for 49, England went after the target with five wickets and six balls to spare.
Sam Curran, Man of the Tournament and Man of the Match stated that Ben Stokes perhaps he deserved to be named Man of the Match. Given his performance under pressure from him he actually deserved it.
Ben Stokes- An offender in 2016 T20 WC; A hero in 2022 T20 WC
England’s great player, Ben Stokes redeemed himself after a miss in the 2016 edition of the ICC T20 World Cup against the West Indies in Kolkata. Meanwhile, England came close to clinching their second T20 title, having to defend 19 runs in the final over. With Carlos Braithwaite at the striker’s end, Ben Stokes was crushed for four straight sixes in his over, to miss out on the chance. The derogatory remainder is well known to everyone.
However, six years later, the former England captain rescued his team from danger to seal victory in 2022. T20 World Cup Final. However, this was not the first time the special player had brought the team home. His 84th not-out in the ICC ODI World Cup final handed England their first single-handed ODI World Cup title, also in a thrilling clash against New Zealand.
Stokes, the man of the hour, gave his opinion
Reflecting on his match-winning shot against the Men in Green, Stokes mentioned:
“In finals, especially when we chase…you probably forget all the hard work before that, how we bowled. Adil Rashid and Sam Curran beat the game for us. It was a tricky wicket and one you never felt into. So restricting them to 130 bowlers has to take a lot of credit for that. With that (the loss to Ireland) being so early in the competition, obviously we had to address it, say what needed to be said and then let it slide. In tournaments like these you can’t take luggage with you, that was a bit of a problem along the way, thanks to Ireland for tuning up and beating us, but the best teams learn from their mistakes and don’t let it get to them. Good night. Representing your country in the World Cups is incredible… but it has been good”.
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