Ben Stokes went from World Cup devastation to infamous England hero with victory in Australia

“Carlos Brathwaite! Carlos Brathwaite, remember the name!” This comment will forever haunt England fans and Ben Stokes.

This is the moment Ian Bishop summoned the infamous final of the 2016 T20 World Cup as Brathwaite smashed Stokes around the park in the final over to seal a West Indies victory.

Brathwaite pulled off a remarkable display of power to end England's dreams


Brathwaite pulled off a remarkable display of power to end England’s dreams

England were in a strong position going into the final over, with West Indies needing 19 to win and Stokes bowling.

But no one could predict what would happen next as the power hitter smashed Stokes for four consecutive sixes to seal a remarkable victory for the West Indies.

It was one of his lowest moments, considering how good Stokes was for England.

In the context of T20 cricket, he is widely considered to be the most famous.

In the end, the then 24-year-old man collapsed to the ground, on the verge of tears.

Stokes never hid his emotions and spoke about them shortly afterward.

He said: “I was thinking, ‘I’ve just lost the World Cup.’ I couldn’t believe it.

“I didn’t know what to do. It took me so long to get back on my feet. I didn’t want to get up. It felt like the whole world had fallen on top of me.

Stokes was devastated and initially blamed himself for the 2016 result.


Stokes was devastated and initially blamed himself for the 2016 result.Credit: Getty

“There was nothing good going through my mind. It was just total devastation.”

A blow like that could easily have a negative impact on a player’s career, but Stokes is unlike any other sportsman.

Having delivered landmark moments for both the Test team and the ODI team, he was never going to fail to redeem himself for that moment in Kolkata.

Stokes changed the narrative six years later


Stokes changed the narrative six years laterCredit: AFP

He had to wait six years for this opportunity in the T20 World Cup, but it arrived in the 2022 final against Pakistan in Australia.

In a low-scoring showpiece, Stokes scored an unbeaten 52 and hit the winning runs to make England the world champions in both limited-overs formats.

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The current England Test captain came in fourth with England 32-2.

He played a patient innings and saw a few partners come and go, but most importantly, Stokes remained calm.

The Durham all-rounder stood there for 81 minutes and hit just six boundaries, but he did enough to win and add another moment to his collection of England’s best performances.

After the final, England captain Jos Buttler congratulated Stokes.

He said: “We are extremely lucky to have him, he is one of the great English cricketers and can be part of the conversation (to be considered the greatest England cricketer of all time) .

Stokes mobbed by team-mates as 2016 final was redeemed


Stokes mobbed by team-mates as 2016 final was redeemedCredit: Getty

“He always stands up in the biggest moments. He can take a lot of pressure on his shoulders and perform. With him in the middle you know you have a good chance.

“He’s a real match winner who has been there time and time again in these scenarios. He has a lot of know-how.

“It definitely wasn’t his smoothest inning, he probably didn’t time the ball as well as he could, but we knew he was never going to go down without a fight. He was going to get up, be there at the end.”

Although many would say he had redeemed himself much earlier, this was the moment he went from losing the T20 World Cup to winning it.

And given he won’t be at this year’s World Cup, England will need to find another hero if they are to retain their title.

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