Ben Stokes Travels Rocky Road from Zero to Hero, What an Amazing Journey Stokes been Through.
Many sports careers contain their share of ups and downs, but few can match the ups and downs that have been found in the path of Englishman Ben Stokes. What an amazing journey Ben Stokes has as he becomes a superman for England.
He became a national hero for the second time in just over a month when his astonishing 135 did not see England with an incredible wicket victory in the third ash test at Headingley on Sunday. Stokes journey started when in T20 Final, Carlos Braithwaite smashed back to back Sixes to Win a Thriller World Cup Final. Right from then, to recover the scars of that defeat Ben Stokes started working hard to get rid of that nightmare. Ben Stokes journey travels a rocky road and becomes zero to hero just a month before, where Stokes led England team to Win ICC World Cup 2019 Final Single Handedly. Now, this time as well Stokes didn’t panic right till the end of Ashes third test match to led England with a victory by 1 wicket and leveling the series 1-1.
Stokes’ 11-fours and the eight-sixes high-pitched ball was impressive, but so was the maturity he showed for five-and-a-half hours in the crease, with the all-terrain taking 50 balls to score his first two runs on Saturday, when it was vital, England, then three down, lost no more wickets.
It had been a similar story in the World Cup final, where an 84th expert did not see England tie his home New Zealand 241 at Lord’s before Stokes sold out then hit the Super Overruns that helped his team to an extremely narrow winning.
But “maturity” was not the word associated with Stokes when, in the early hours of the morning after a one-day international against the Antilles in Bristol in September 2017, he became involved in a fight outside a nightclub that led to his arrest.
Ben Stokes’ ball-hit that produced 11 fours and eight high sixes were impressive, but so was the maturity he demonstrated for five-and-a-half hours in the crease
Although he was eventually acquitted of an affray criminal charge, the immediate downfall of the incident saw Stokes stripped of England’s vice-captaincy and will not be considered for the selection of the 2017-18 Ashes tour, a series where, in his absence, the team humbly gave in to a 4-0 loss in the Australian series.
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Stokes already knew about the setbacks on the pitch: he had been the bowler who, when asked to defend 19 in the last final of the 2016 World Twenty20 in Kolkata, was quickly hit by four successive sixes when he opposed the all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite when the West Indies became a seemingly certain defeat into a memorable victory.
But upon returning from that reverse, the knowledge that the court case almost cost him his career in England seems to have inspired Stokes to even greater heights since returning to international service.
Ben Stokes Journey From Zero to Hero
Stokes was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, but moved to Britain as a child when his father Ged, a former Kiwi rugby league international player, got a job as a Coach from Working-ton in North West England.
He was soon on the radar of County Durham, making his debut as a teenager and appearing in England at the Under-19 level, where his skills as a left-handed hitter, living and excellent fielder quickly became apparent.
Having deleted his notebook when sent home for a violation of the discipline of a tour of Australia with the Second Row Lions of England in 2013, Stokes was included in the high-level ashes team 2013-14 “Down Under”.
Australia bleached England 5-0, but a rare moment of joy for tourists came with the defiant maiden of the Stokes Test century in Perth.
Stokes, however, missed the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh after reacting to a layoff in Barbados by hitting a locker in the dressing room and suffering a broken wrist.
A difficult year followed and such was his loss so that he was omitted from the England squad for the 2015 World Cup, where the team’s sorry first-round outing paved the way for his triumph four years later.
Stokes, however, soon returned to the fold and in January 2016 his remarkable 258 of 198 balls against South Africa in Cape Town saw him score England’s fastest test in the double century.
His talent for all formats also meant that Stokes, now 28, became a millionaire twice in the lucrative Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament; however, there have never been any doubts about his desire to play for England.
Nor is it one to look back, with Stokes making it clear after Sunday’s entries that England still had a job recovering the ashes.
When asked if his life had been different a year ago, Stokes replied: “That was a year ago, A long time ago.