I Think We'll Benefit From Pressure Situations Ahead Of The T20I World Cup: Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
Ben Stokes Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
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I Think We’ll Benefit From Pressure Situations Ahead Of The T20I World Cup: Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes feels there is a silver lining in losing the fourth T20I against India and going into the series decider under pressure situations will be beneficial for them going into the forthcoming T20 World Cup, to be played later this year in India.

A blistering half-century from Suryakumar Yadav, playing his 2nd T20I followed by a brilliant performance from the bowlers, helped India win the fourth T20I of the ongoing five-match series against England here at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Thursday evening.

Suryakumar Yadav poses in the India T20I jersey ahead of the series against England (BCCI)
Suryakumar Yadav poses in the India T20I jersey ahead of the series against England (BCCI)

Ben Stokes: England Go Into The Next Game With Pressure On Shoulders Which Will Be Beneficial With T20I World Cup Nearby

With the eight-run win over England, India levelled the series 2-2 with the series decider to be played on Saturday at the same venue. England was on course to chase the 186-run target before the slog overs began. Even after 16 overs, the game was within their reach, thanks to Ben Stokes’ quickfire 23-ball 46. However, two wickets off two balls in Shardul Thakur’s third over shifted the game towards India.

“In an ideal world, we would have loved to have gone into the next game, having already won the series. It sounds weird saying that we got a positive out of losing. We go into the next game with a huge amount of pressure on our shoulders as a team, because whoever wins that game, wins the series,” Stokes said in the post-match press conference.
Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes talks about the loss against India in 4th T20I, says loss now will help during World Cup, ECB. Photo credit: Twitter

“That’s great for us as a team, especially with a T20 World Cup coming up because the more pressure situations we get put into as a team, the more I think we’ll benefit from it.

“It is a final because if we don’t win then we lose a series and we don’t want to lose series, we want to win and we want to make a habit of winning them. The more situations we get put into where we’ve got pressure on us and we keep prevailing, that’s just going to do us good,” he added.

England’s Ben Stokes feels there is a silver lining in losing the fourth T20I against India and going into the series decider as the pressure situations will benefit them going into the T20 World Cup, to be played later this year.

Shardul Thakur Picks 3 Scalps And Suryakumar Yadav Scores 57 As India Won By 8 Runs To Level Series 2-2

In the match, Ben Stokes played a knock of 46 runs from just 23 balls. When Ben Stokes was at the crease, it looked like England will chase down the target. However, Shardul Thakur brought the hosts back in the game as he scalped two crucial wickets of Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan on successive balls in the 16th over.

“It’s always frustrating getting out, and even more when you feel like you’ve got the game in your hands. You’ve got to look at these things and assess them and learn from them. We’ve got the T20 World Cup coming up and we will be put in a similar position at some point in the tournament. These are all great learning experiences,” Stokes said.

Shardul Thakur after dismissing England captain Eoin Morgan on Thursday.
Shardul Thakur after dismissing England captain Eoin Morgan on Thursday. Stringer/Getty Images

Shardul Thakur returned with figures of 3/42 while Rahul Chahar and Hardik Pandya picked 2 wickets apiece.  Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked a wicket, removing opener Jos Buttler. India had scored 185/8 in stipulated 20 overs with Suryakumar Yadav playing his 2nd T20I and batting for the first time scored 57 of 31 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes. He was dismissed controversially as the Dawid Malan catch off Sam Curran looked to touch the ground.