Ben Stokes ecstatic after all round performance
Ben Stokes was sensational in the ODI series, as he scored a century to propel England in the first game. But the all rounder’s moment to savour, had to be in the first test, as his brilliant all-round display gave England the edge. After taking 4 wickets with the ball, Stokes possibly played a match winning knock of 85 in the second innings, to build England’s lead.
When England departed for the shores of Bangladesh, they were bound to be under massive pressure right from the offset. Key players such as skipper Eoin Morgan and star opener Alex Hales had refused to tour the nation, citing security issues. The onus was thereby, on the senior pros, such as newly appointed skipper Jos Buttler, and all-rounder Ben Stokes. Stokes has been a regular member of the England side in all forms of the game and a key contributor.
Post the day’s play, Stokes was a delighted man and termed his own performance as “mature”. “That was definitely my most mature performance with the bat in Test cricket,” Stokes said. “They were probably the toughest conditions I’ve had so far in international cricket – especially going in with all the men around the bat and the ball spinning as much as it was.”My defensive game against spin has gone up another level. That’s from working hard. I’m making sure I don’t fall into the trap of batting for 20 minutes and then losing concentration on what I’m actually trying to do.”
“We can all hit boundaries, but the hardest thing to do is defend when you first come in. I didn’t want to give my wicket away and made sure if I was going to get out it was going to take a good ball.”I knew that if we kept rotating the strike the game was going to get easier. There was so much time left in the game that it was just a matter of occupying the crease, rotating the strike and putting the bad balls away. The guys around the bat would soon disappear.”
The all-rounder mentioned that in order to score runs, it was essential to bat for a long period. “The longer you spend on wickets like that, the easier it becomes. If we can get through the tough periods – and there are going to be plenty here and in India – then the easier it’s going to get. I tried to put the foot on the gas towards the end to try and get the lead up as high as we could but I’m happy with how it went,” Stokes said.