Ben Stokes! The name brings forth different emotions. From suffering the Brathwaite onslaught in the 2016 T20 final, a humiliating street brawl incident to become the hero of English summer, Ben has come a long away. No one doubted his abilities, but the question was his consistency. Ben proved his critics wrong by performing when it mattered! On his birthday, Fan9 offers an insight into some of his standout shows so far.
World Cup hero
Before 2019, England have never won a 50 over World Cup. Ben Stokes played the finisher’s role (like many occasions in World Cup) as England secured a tie and later won the cup on the barest of all margins against Kiwis. Stokes did everything right in the tournament. He scored runs, bagged key wickets and pulled off some stunning catches.
Ashes Epic Win
England were staring at another defeat. But Stokes had other plans. He played the aggressive game. No.11 batsman Lack Leach stood firmly at the other end. In the end, England emerged winners in an epic match full of twists and turns.
A fast-paced double ton
Big Ben was in beast mode against the mighty South Africans. His stroke-filled 258, laced with 30 fours and 11 sixes was the second fastest double century in Test cricket.
Magic with the ball
Ben the bowler is equally challenging to face in tricky surfaces. He grabbed special figures of 6/22 against Windies at Lords. This also remains his career-best show in Tests.
What a remarkable comeback he has made, isn’t it?