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England all-rounder Ben Stokes has pulled down the false statement going around that India deliberately lost to England during the World Cup 2019. He responded after former Pakistan cricketer Sikander Bakht claimed that Stokes in his book “On Fire” has mentioned that India lost to England to knock out Pakistan from the tournament.
In his book, Ben Stokes has analyzed each and every match that England played during the mega event last year. Taking to Twitter, a user questioned Bakht where Stokes has said such a statement. Replying to him, Stokes said that he never wrote that and called Bakht’s statement “clickbait”.
You won’t find it cause I have never said it… it’s called “twisting of words” or “click bait” 🤷♂️ https://t.co/uIUYXVaxLB
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) May 28, 2020
The statement which is going viral and making headlines from Ben Stokes is for MS Dhoni. While addressing the encounter against India in his book, Stokes wrote that “there was little or no intent from Dhoni” in the match, and described the partnership between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli as “mystifying”.
England vs India: World Cup 2019; Ben Stokes led in his own way
England’s Jonny Bairstow(111), Jason Roy(66) and Ben Stokes(79) contribution let them set a mammoth target of 338 runs against India in Birmingham. While chasing the target, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli set up the partnership. The Hit-Man registered a century while the captain lost his wicket after scoring 66 runs. India had lost its six wickets when MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav were on the field and needed 70 runs in 5 overs.
However, the duo could not chase down the target and India lost the match by 31 runs. MS Dhoni was severely criticised for his innings. This was the only match India lost in group stage matches before losing in the semi-final against New Zealand.
England eventually became the winners after defeating Kiwis in the dramatic grand-finale.