Stokes remembered Bangladesh before last delivery in final
The final of the 2019 World Cup between England and New Zealand went down to the wire and both the teams were feeling the heat of the pressure. England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who failed to defend 19 runs in 2016 and cost England the T20 World Cup was once again the hope for the hosts.
When everyone thought Stokes was only thinking about that game during the final moments of the game, the English all-rounder surprised everyone and revealed that he was only thinking about the game between Bangladesh and India in 2016 World Cup where the Tigers bottled the game in the last over. They needed 2 runs from the last three balls and they lost 3 wickets in a row to lose the match by 1 run in the end.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah, who were set at the crease gave their wicket away in the last over by hitting in the air. Stokes kept a good memory of that in his head and thinking of that, he didn’t hit in the air in the last ball.
“I think the only time I really thought about it was the second to last ball. All I could think about was Bangladesh in the World T20 when they needed the same and they just hit it in the air. All I was thinking was: “Don’t get caught. Try and get one and get it to a Super Over at least.” Then if I hit it into a gap, maybe we could get two. That was my process: just don’t hit it in the air and get caught,” he told ESPNcricinfo.
However, the all-rounder was disappointed with himself as he managed to take only one run and took his side to the super over.
“I was thinking, “Don’t try and be a hero and do it with a six.” I wish it had gone for two and hadn’t come to that because my emotions were high. I wasn’t best pleased with myself walking back to the changing rooms for that ten-minute turnaround,” he concluded.
Bangladesh couldn’t help themselves and gifted the victory to India in the end, but they have surely helped Stokes to learn a lesson from it and the all-rounder might be thanking them the next time he meets them.