Ben Stokes defends England's performance in India despite series deficit

Despite the series outcome being determined, Stokes remains eager to conclude the tour on a winning note for England.

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By Omar | Mar 8, 2024 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Ben Stokes passionately defends the England cricket team’s performance in India, even as they trail 1-3 in the 5-match Test series. As the team captain, Stokes firmly supports the team’s philosophy, his teammates’ mindset, and the strategies devised by the coach, regardless of the challenging conditions on the field. Despite India securing an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series with a victory in the 4th Test at Ranchi, Stokes dismisses the idea that the team has regressed in their progress.

According to Stokes, the series scoreline does not accurately depict the intense competition England has provided to India. He insists that significant progress has occurred during their tour of India, emphasizing that the team hasn’t conformed to the typical ‘pushovers’ that other teams often become in this part of the world.

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Addressing reporters ahead of the final Test in Dharamsala, Stokes expresses the team’s unwavering commitment to winning each match. While he acknowledges that solely focusing on the results might imply a backward trajectory, he insists that individual players and the team have undergone substantial evolution during the tour. Stokes emphasizes that progression may not always be evident in the scorecards.

Despite the series outcome being determined, Stokes remains eager to conclude the tour on a winning note for England. He underscores the team’s resilience, stating that they haven’t been perceived as easy opponents, unlike many other teams facing challenges when playing in India.

Stokes concludes by highlighting the team’s special mentality, where every opportunity to play for England is considered unique and valuable. He acknowledges the significance of the tour location while reiterating the team’s unwavering dedication to giving their best in every match.

It will be interesting to see which way this series ends, will India finish with 4-1 or will England will end the series on a high before heading back home. The 5th and final Test will be played in Dharamsala which will help the batter as history suggests.

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