Can Ben Stokes be considered the Greatest Cricketer England of all time after another game-changing effort in a big event final? “Yeah, he can definitely be in the discussion,” a confident Jos Buttler said in the post-match news conference.
Eoin Morgan dubbed Stokes the “superman” after his Player of the Match-winning heroics in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final. Stokes already had a redemption story after a forgettable final in the 2016 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup as Greatest Cricketer, where he conceded four sixes, and the match, to Carlos Brathwaite in the final over.
Stokes leads England to World Cup victory against Pakistan | Match Highlights | T20WC 2022
England defeated Pakistan to win the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 championship. “Everyone back home is hoping to be the next Ben Stokes as Greatest Cricketer,” Morgan stated following England’s title-winning performance at Lord’s three years ago.
Stokes authored another chapter in his eventful career at another crowded stadium at the MCG in 2022, this time amassing his first T20I fifty in the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 against Pakistan with the team in trouble.
“He’s a real match-winner, and he’s been there in such situations before and be an Greatest Cricketer for England. He just knows a lot about how to accomplish it “Buttler said.
Ben Stokes shines once again in a World Cup final | Highlights | T20WC 2022
England won their second ICC Men’s T20 World Cup victory against Pakistan in Melbourne, thanks to Ben Stokes’ 49-ball 52* and become Greatest Cricketer for England.
Stokes’ position in England’s dynamic batting lineup was under doubt heading into the competition. In the format, his batting average of 19 did not assist his chances. But he stepped up in two crucial games (a 42* against Sri Lanka with the game and the team’s survival on the line came before this hit).
On Sunday, he watched as England lost three wickets in the Powerplay against Pakistan’s aggressive bowling. With Buttler back in the hut, the onus was on Stokes to lead England to victory.
Stokes goes on the offensive with a goal in sight | T20WC 2022
England are closing in on a 138-run target against Pakistan in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 final, and Ben Stokes goes big with the mark in sight Greatest Cricketer. Despite a poor start, Stokes persevered to the finish, keeping the needed run rate within reach to hit an unbeaten 52 off 49 balls and lead England to their second T20 World Cup triumph.
“I believe it wasn’t his most fluid innings or he maybe didn’t time the ball as well as he can,” Buttler said. “But you knew he was never going to go down without a fight and get up and be there at the finish.”
Inside England’s dressing room after their final victory | ICC Men’s T20WC 2022
Go behind the scenes as England celebrates their T20 World Cup win against Pakistan in the final. “We were quite fortunate to have him, and he’s one of the great English cricket players.” Buttler joked about Stokes’ redemption following that disastrous night at the Wankhede six years ago, saying it was a “shame he did his documentary a year early.”
“Isn’t that a very incredible story? I think all of these major occasions, like I’ll always remember his remarks to Jofra about how things don’t define you, and I think he’s certainly never allowed the 2016 final push him back, and you think of the things.
England players react after winning the T20 World Cup in 2022.
Buttler also agreed that the England squad, which currently owns both the ODI and T20 World Cups, is in the running for the title of best white-ball team of all time. “To have won in 2019 and now this T20 World Cup demonstrates the early idea that people had of where we might go as an England white ball side.
“There is no reason why we should not continue to grow.”
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