Ben Stokes was the best performer to win England’s ODI World Cup in 2019. He paved the way to victory in an unbeaten innings of 84 runs. After that, England won the T20 World Cup with his bat. It has become his vow to save the English in times of pressure.
However, the events of 2016 may play a role in taking that vow. His last over saw England lose to the West Indies in the T20 World Cup final in Kolkata. Since then, the English all-rounder has excelled. To whom the mental barrier called stress is not an obstacle. He proved it in two tournaments. English captain Josh Buttler praised Stokes. After losing 3 wickets for 45 runs in the final, Pakistan caught the English. After that, Stokes’ unbeaten half-century (52*) anchored the victory. Buttler said, ‘Stokes has been holding his head up time and time again on the big stage when the pressure is on. He knows how to handle this pressure very well and also knows how to perform.’
It is no exaggeration to put Stokes in the ranks of legends as he has twice won matches for England. Butler also says, ‘In these circumstances, it can be assumed that we have great potential. He is a real match winner. He is one of the legends of English cricket.’