Ben Stokes rises in English cricket’s greatest moments: Buttler

Ben Stokes can certainly become England’s greatest ever cricketer as the versatile star ‘rises in the greatest moments’ as he did on Sunday, skipper Jos Buttler said after the triumph the team in the T20 World Cup.

Stokes had anchored England’s pursuit against New Zealand in the 2019 ODI World Cup final with an unbeaten 84 not knocked out.

On Sunday, Stokes initially struggled against the Pakistani frontrunners but took his side over the line with a responsible 52 not knocked out to help his side claim their second T20 World Cup title. So, is he on his way to becoming the greatest English cricketer of all time? “Yeah, he can be in the conversation for sure,” Buttler said after the famous win over Pakistan at the MCG.

“He (Stokes) always gets up in the biggest moments. He’s a man who can take a lot of pressure on his shoulders and perform, and yes, with him in the middle you know you have a good chance. “Yeah, so proud of him, glad for him that he got up and did it again,” Buttler said with a sense of gratitude.

In the 2016 T20 World Cup Final, Stokes was on his hunches after Carlos ‘Remember The Name’ Brathwaite hit him for four successive sixes to propel West Indies to their second title.

As ‘Sweet Caroline’ played at the MCG following the England win, Buttler couldn’t be happier for Stokes, who has been through a lot in recent years.

He lost his father in December 2020 and eight months later took an indefinite hiatus from acting to ‘prioritize his mental well-being’, which also finds mention in his tell-all documentary. “Yeah, it really is an amazing story, isn’t it. I think it’s a shame that he made his documentary a year earlier. He could have added that. Yeah, he’s had an incredible journey. Buttler remembers what Stokes once said to Jofra Archer =================================== = “I think all those great moments, like I’ll always remember his words to Jofra about how things don’t define you. I think he obviously never let that 2016 final put him off, and you think about the things he has achieved in his career since then, it’s just amazing.The skipper said his first player knows how to win big games.

“Yeah, no surprise. He’s a real game-winner, and he’s been in those scenarios time and time again. He just has a lot of know-how to do it. What stood out for Buttler was the fact that even though he was not at his best, Stokes never gave up the fight against a quality Pakistani bowling team.

“I think it certainly wasn’t his smoothest innings or he probably didn’t time the ball as well as he could but you knew he was never going to go down without a fight and get up and be there at the end. “We were extremely lucky to have him, and he is one of the great English cricketers,” said the skipper.

‘The feeling will take time to sink in’ =================== Buttler is four and a half months into the England T20 captaincy and he believes that winning a title in that amount of time will take time to sink in.

“I think it seems to take longer to fit in. It’s different (from winning the 2019 World Cup). That’s all I can say… Just thrilled. Buttler is new to the captain but understood one thing that building relationships is the key to a happy and successful team.

“I think relationships take time. As you get to know people better and better, you build trust. I would say the Pakistan tour for the band, not just me and the coach, but everyone involved, it seemed like a really good tour. Lots of links have been built.” PTI KHS BS BS

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