England Test skipper and veteran all-rounder Ben Stokes has recently started completely another debate after responding to Harsha Bhogle’s long Twitter thread questioning the English culture and mindsets. Two days back, Bhogle came up very harshly on the English media on the way they are treating Deepti Sharma for running Charlie Dean out at the non-striker’s end. It all happened during the third and final of the three-match ODI series between India women and England women.
Coming back to Ben Stokes, then he went on to claim that he is still getting the offensive and all sorts of texts from the Indian fans even after more than two years of WC 2019 win. Just a day after Harsha’s hard-and-fast line criticism of English media, supporters, and experts as well.
Although, the 31-year-old veteran all-rounder has come with a revelation on the hateful and disheartening messages he receives from the Indian fans. It is also debatable because another ODI World Cup is just nearing and it’s been more than three years since the conclusion of the 2019 World Cup. Notably, it was the World Cup when England clinched the title in the ODI World Cup for the first time in its history.
“Harsha .. 2019 WC final was over 2 years ago, I still to this day revive countless messages calling me all sorts from Indian fans, does this disturb you? (sic)” tweeted Stokes while responding to Bhogle’s harsh criticism.
Here’s what Ben Stokes tweeted:
Harsha .. 2019 WC final was over 2 years ago, I still till this day revive countless messages calling me all sorts from Indian fans, does this disturb you? https://t.co/m3wDGM7eU3
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) October 1, 2022
That’s what actually happened in the final of the 2019 World Cup
Going back to the final of the 2019 World Cup, then England was locking horns with New Zealand in the title clash of the 12th edition of the World Cup. Both teams happened to finish with the same score in the allotted 20 overs and the match ended in a thrilling tie. Later on, the super over pattern was decided to have the winner of the 2019 World Cup.
But eventually, super over too was ended in a tie, both teams finished on the score of 15 in the six balls. Finally, the hosts were declared winners by the officials as they smashed the number of boundaries more than the Kiwi team.
The controversy for which this final is still infamous and involves Ben Stokes, happened when England require nine runs off three balls to win the title. Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid went into an attempt of scoring a second run and unfortunately, the fielder’s throw deflected due to an accidental hit with Stokes’ bat and went to the boundary. This incident happened to increase four runs on the account of the English team.