Ben Stokes has been in the news recently due to his soon to be released book, and some of the excerpts that have come out in the open. When you think about it, his PR team have done a fantastic job of choosing the right excerpts that were sure to make noises, especially in the cricket mad nations of India and Pakistan. In his upcoming book ‘On Fire’ he stated that like many others he found MS Dhoni’s approach quite baffling in the India-England World Cup encounter in 2019 when the tourists needed more than 10 runs per over and MS Dhoni was not even trying to hit boundaries.
Eventually India lost the game and gave a lease of life to England and dashed all Pakistani hopes of qualifying for the semi finals. “Arguably, the way MS Dhoni played when he came in with 112 runs needed from 11 overs was even stranger. He appeared more intent on singles than sixes. Even with a dozen balls remaining, India could still have won. There was little or no intent from him (Dhoni) or his partner Kedar Jadhav. To me, while victory is still possible you always go for broke,” has written.
Even at that time there was furore in Pakistan and some said that India lost the match deliberately in order to ensure Pakistan’s exit in the tournament. Now, ex-Pak cricketer Sikander Bakht misconstrued Stokes’ words and used them to drive home the point that India lost on purpose. One twitter user pointed that out and called out Bakht, only to find support from Ben Stokes who said that it was only done for eyeballs and termed it ‘clickbait’.
Here are the tweets;
— Sohaib Khan (@IamSohaib23) May 28, 2020
You won’t find it cause I have never said it… it’s called “twisting of words” or “click bait” 🤷♂️ https://t.co/uIUYXVaxLB
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) May 28, 2020