Ben Stokes himself saves a boundary at long-off after bowling; lauded for his commitment

Ben Stokes himself saves a boundary at long-off after bowling; lauded for his commitment

Stokes scored 254 runs and picked 3 wickets in the Old Trafford Test.

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes. (Photo Source: Twitter)

England all-rounder Ben Stokes is at the peak of his career since the World Cup last year. Whatever he is touching is turning into gold for the Brits (apart from captaincy debut). The second Test against West Indies was another example of his supremacy as he scored 254 runs in two innings and picked three wickets with all of them coming at the perfect time for England.

No doubt, he is a brilliant all-rounder, but what he did on the final day gave an account of his fitness and commitment to the game. The incident took place in 43rd over of the innings when Ben Stokes was in the middle of a long spell. The hosts were frustrated thanks to a stubborn partnership between Jermaine Blackwood and Shamarh Brooks for the fifth wicket.

With six more wickets needed for victory, Joe Root had set an attacking field with no one at mid-on. Sensing a chance to earn a boundary, Blackwood went on the backfoot to punch a back of a length delivery from Stokes down the ground. With no fielder there, the ball was racing towards the boundary, and most bowlers wouldn’t have even thought of running behind the ball.

Ben Stokes successfully stops the ball

But Ben Stokes decided to field the ball and ran so swiftly that he managed to stop the ball before touching the boundary line. It was an excellent effort from him despite being in the eighth over of his spell. Interestingly, after such a heroic effort, Ben Stokes broke the partnership bouncing Blackwood out in the same over. It was a much-needed breakthrough for the home side as time was running out for them.

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His efforts didn’t go in vain as England managed to bundle the West Indies out an hour before the end of day’s play to level the three-match series. It was no surprise that Ben Stokes was also named the player of the match for his all-round show. He will continue to be the hosts’ key player if they are to regain the Wisden Trophy by winning the third Test. West Indies, meanwhile, will have to find answers to keep him quiet.

Here’s how the fans reacted to his commitment: