Ben Stokes has always proved himself on the big occasions, especially in the multilateral events. He played a huge role in leading England to the ultimate glory i.e., lifting the ODI World Cup title. He has delivered some remarkable performances in the World Cups.
Let’s take a look at the 3 most memorable moments in ODI World Cup history:
108 vs Netherlands, 2023
This performance came in a situation that was all gloom and doom for England. Their World Cup campaign was over but they needed to avoid the biggest tragedy in the history of English cricket, finishing last in the World Cup and not qualifying for the Champions Trophy.
England lost a couple of wickets in the middle overs and their innings could have derailed had Ben Stokes not played this crucial knock. He took the Dutch bowling attack by surprise and played with an aggressive approach. Along with Chris Woakes he took England to a huge total. In the end, England won the match comfortably keeping their Champions Trophy hopes alive.
89, 2/12 vs South Africa, 2019
Ben Stokes set the tone for the glorious campaign in the 2019 ODI World Cup. He delivered an all-round performance against South Africa in the opening match of the World Cup. With the bat, he scored 89 runs off 79 balls. Along with Eoin Morgan, he kept the innings going to take England beyond the 300-run mark.
In the second innings, he contributed with the ball to make sure South Africa was completely out of the contest. He dismissed Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir to close the South African run chase.
84* vs New Zealand, 2019
This was arguably the greatest performance of his career as it came on the biggest stage of World Cricket, the World Cup final. New Zealand put up 241 runs in the first innings. The chase turned out to be a topsy-turvy ride. England was reduced to 3/71 when Stokes came out to bat. He stabilized the innings with Buttler. The match ended in a draw and he once again came to the rescue in the super over. The duo added 15 runs in the super-over to put New Zealand under pressure. England won the final “by the barest of margins” as Ian Smith famously said. Ben Stokes played a monumental role in the glorious campaign which will remain a highlight of his career.
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