England cricketer Ben Stokes opens up and shared his thoughts on his controversial dismissal. The all-rounder claimed that there was no any wilful intent to block the throw from Mitchell Starc and it was purely a normal reaction of protecting himself.
During the second ODI match, Ben stokes was given out obstructing the field in the 26th over of the match while trying to protect himself from a throw by Mitchell Starc. However, the decision was further referred to the third umpire regarding there was any intent of blocking the throw and, to everyone’s surprise, the third umpire gave out although the soft decision was not out.
Ben Stokes opened up and spoke about his controversial dismissal
“A guy was standing there five feet away from me and it was just a complete reaction,” Stokes told ESPNcricinfo. “I didn’t put my hand there wilfully, it was purely out of human reaction to protect myself. But the decision was made, there’s nothing I can do but it wasn’t wilful whatsoever.”
“The crowd maybe got a bit out of control, there was a lot of booing going on with the incident. It’s one of those decisions where you can’t look back and have any regrets because it’s been made, you can’t change what’s happened its just a shame it came to the uproar it has.
“It probably took away from the fact that we haven’t actually played very good cricket in the first couple of games which is the biggest thing for us so we just have to put it behind us.”
Fast bowler Steven Finn had earlier said it was important that England do not dwell on the dismissal as the series heads to Old Trafford for the third match on Tuesday with them needing a win to stay in the contest.
“I think we’d be foolish to let the Stokes dismissal nag away at us,” Finn said. “We have a young side – we have some quite emotional guys in that team. If we let that emotion come into our cricket, I don’t think that it will serve us well.
“If we stick with the mantra of going out there and enjoying it, trying to show off and deliver our skills as best we can with a smile on our face, that will serve us far better than getting fired up and angry.”