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World T20 final over will make Stokes strong - Broad

World T20 final over will make Stokes strong - Broad
Ben Stokes (right) reacts after losing in the World T20 final against West Indies in Kolkata.
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes has found a firm support from his colleague Stuart Broad, who believes the final over failure in the ICC World Twenty20 final will make the Durham cricketer mentally strong.

Stokes, who had a high reputation of bowling the final over as evident in the previous games against New Zealand, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka had 19 runs to defend in the final against West Indies in Kolkata.

However, Carlos Brathwaite struck four consecutive fixes to take Stokes to the cleaners while winning the second World T20 title for West Indies.

Despite, the criticism surrounding the 24-year-old, Broad believes such moments will strengthen the character of Stokes.

"This will play a big part in making him a very strong character," said Broad to BBC.

"You always learn more from making errors than from the good days.

“He's got every attribute to be one of the best cricketers England's ever had.

“I'm sure he will become that in the future."

Broad himself was used to such an onslaught when India’s Yuvraj Singh plundered him for six sixes in the 2007 World T20.

However, ever since the beating he got in 2007, Broad has gone from strength to strength and is currently the spearhead of the England attack in the longer format and also holds the number one position in the ICC Test rankings for bowlers.

Recalling the incident, Broad offered his piece of advice to Stokes asking him to stay away from the incident and focus on the areas of improvement.

"What he needs to do while he's sitting at home is he will have to remember in his own mind how he was feeling, what would he do differently if he is in that situation again, was he rushed and did he take advice from the wrong people," added Broad in The Telegraph.

"Then he's got to decide all of that in his own mind, find the answers and put it to bed. Then you park it.

“You don't watch it again and you never talk about it again until you finish playing.

“You just focus on what you can do to improve."

From the six matches in the tournament, Stokes scored just 56 runs at an average of 14 while his four wickets came at an economy of 9.58.

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