The stage was all set for Ben Stokes to become a part of English folklore by winning the World T20 for his country. Defending 19 runs in the final over the all-rounder was clobbered all around the ground by West Indian Carlos Brathwaite.
The West Indian all-rounder hit four sixes in the first four balls to give his side their second title and leave Stokes distraught.
But fortunately, the English all-rounder has admitted that he had moved-on from the incident and is learning to cope better with bad times.
“I just sat there with a towel on my head, utterly devastated,” said Stokes to The Times on Thursday (April 21). “I didn’t want to walk out there slumped and beaten and looking like I felt inside.
“A few years ago, I would have really tortured myself about that final over. I used to find it so hard to let go, but I’m a lot better now. You can never beat your own mind when it plays tricks on you. I’m learning to cope a lot better with the bad times now.”
The all-rounder was also involved in a verbal altercation with West Indian batsman Marlon Samuels in the final over. Both Stokes and Samuels have been involved in a few exchanges over the years. Stokes acknowledged that though he’s focusing on the game, his focus is also private battle.
“I’m always thinking about the private battle, even in the field,” he said. “I’m always trying to be better than the other person I’m against.
“There are guys that you look at and you want to really bowl at them or bat against them, certain guys who really get your juices flowing. They tend to be similar characters to me. David Warner, for example.
“I love playing against these guys who have the same attitude to the game that I have. It’s always been there, that competitive
instinct… I just want to win.”