The eye popping innings of Ben Stokes in the second test against South Africa has created ripples across the cricket globe. Everyone around has been in awe of the southpaw, as his destructive batting simply slaughtered the helpless South African bowling. Stokes slammed as many as 130 runs in the morning session on the second day, which is a record in itself. The most astonishing part about the innings was that Stokes never slowed down, and missed his triple century just because he took the aggressive route and was eventually run out.
“See ball, hit ball is the only way to describe it,” said Stokes. “I felt a little bit of pressure coming into the game with not having too many runs under my belt in the Tests before this. It meant more emotion than I usually show when I got to 100 but I just tried to keep on going and wasn’t really thinking of any landmarks as I went along. I just tried to hit as many boundaries as I could because it was too hot to run.”
“I didn’t want to hang around and just nudge my way to 100 because I’d be a little bit annoyed with myself if I took the selfish route,” he said. “I just wanted to get as many runs as quickly as I could. It hasn’t really sunk in yet, and quite a lot of adrenaline is running through me, but at this moment in time, I don’t know, I’m pretty tired,” he said. (Image Source – ibtimes UK)