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India vs England: Individual Performance Matters More Over That of the Group - Ben Stokes

India vs England: Individual Performance Matters More Over That of the Group - Ben Stokes

Stokes was one of the better performers on the English side, despite the conditions on the pitch.

The India vs. England Test Series has been shrouded by controversies since it started in February. Many cricket gurus from England and Australia, along with English players currently in the country, have been accusing the pitch for their poor performance in the last two matches. With the English team falling apart within hours, the matches have barely lasted two days. Now all-rounder Ben stokes has also opened about the ground conditions, calling them the ‘toughest’ in his career of 70 Test Matches so far.

Stokes was one of the better performers on the English side, despite the conditions on the pitch. While most will claim cricket is a team sport and your thoughts should be focussed around the group as a whole, Stokes had a different take on playing in conditions such as these.

“I think it is a case of finding it in your own way, it’s not about like you go and say ‘this is what we need to do better as a group’. It is about how we can go about it as individuals and when we come back here next time, (it will be about) how we progressed as individuals because everyone plays in a different way,” he said.

While the ongoing 4th Test is also at the same stadium as the 3rd, Stokes said that the wicket was much better than the previous game. In the earlier game, he the issue was ‘turning’ but the current match first day was “more about the bounce.”

Currently, the match in the first session of Day 2. English team scored 205 on the first day, whereas the Men in Blue are on field with a score of 43/3.

With 55 runs, Stokes is the highest scorer of the English side. While he did not clearly blame the field, he did not blame his team for the poor performance either. It was a combination of India’s good bowling and England’s unimpressive batting that resulted in the previous match losses, he claimed.



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