Cricket World Player of the Week - Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes bats well. Ben Stokes bowls well. Ben Stokes fields well. Had he been given a chance, Stokes might even have wiped off Thanos from the face of the earth with just one blow.
The all-rounder entered the World Cup with a dodgy form. Following the Bristol incident, there had been a lot of turbulence in his life, buy the Christ Church-born knew that the Word Cup can help him rewrite his legacy, and he did exactly that.
Chasing New Zealand's 241 in the Final, England were struggling at 86-4 at one point. The team was under the cosh when Ben Stokes joined hands with Jos Buttler to tie the match.
He later returned in the Super Over to score eight of the 15 runs that proved just enough for England to win the title, including a crucial boundary off the third ball.
Most importantly, most of Stokes' runs in the tournament came when the team required it the most. His unbeaten 82 against Sri Lanka was followed by a sublime 89 against Australia, unfortunately both of these knocks did not yield favourable results. He delivered again with a 79 against India to help England get those extra 20 runs at the end, that proved handy at last.
Moreover, he proved his worth on the big night of the Final to see his team over the line in what will be remembered as the most thrilling one-day match ever played.
With 399 points, Stokes had jumped to the second spot in the ICC all-rounders ranking, only behind Shakib Al Hasan.
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