“Gave India a huge advantage” – Ben Stokes on the surface of IND vs ENG T20 World Cup 2024 semi-final
By SMCS - Jun 29, 2024 7:40 am
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes said that the nature of the surface was hugely helpful for India in the T20 World Cup 2024 semi-final in
Guyana on June 27 as well. The Test captain equally applauded England for showing their mettle in the tournament when put under
pressure. However, the surface in Guyana helped Indian spinners hugely after captain Rohit Sharma top-scored with 57 to lift their side to 171/7. Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav picked up six wickets between them to bundle the defending champions out for 103, winning by 68 runs as well.

England team
England team

Speaking to BBC Sport, Stokes said:  “It’s an interesting format, the T20 World Cup, one I’m not a huge fan of because teams can go through or not go through potentially because of a weather situation. “When England were put under pressure, especially at the back end of the group stages, they showed what a good team they were. India are a very good team, especially in the conditions that pitch offered. It gave India a huge advantage.”

With questions over Jos Buttler’s future as captain, the veteran said that the keeper-batter is the best man to lead England. He has had a great tenure as captain. Buttler’s biggest achievement has been leading England to the World T20 title in 2022. However, they faced a disastrous 50-over World Cup campaign in 2023, getting eliminated in the group stage only. With James Anderson set to retire after the Lord’s Test against the West Indies, Stokes praised him as well.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler

“Jos is the man to lead that white-ball team forward. He is a great leader. He’s got the respect of all the team members in the dressing room. They have done a great job in getting to another major semi-final. Being part of sport is about growing and progressing your side. It’s not shabby to say you got through to a World Cup semi-final,” Ben Stokes concluded. “I’d rather talk about the memories of Jimmy, what he is to the game and what he is to English cricket. He’s a complete and utter role model for all fast bowlers. The commitment he has shown to his craft is just phenomenal. He’s an incredible professional, an incredible athlete and one of our greatest ever to play the game.”