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I never said India deliberately lost to knock Pakistan out from 2019 World Cup: Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes' comments in his book 'On Fire' regarding the India vs England match at Birmingham in World Cup last year has led to a new online stir.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: June 4, 2020 1:09:15 pm
In Frame: England’s World Cup hero Ben Stokes (Reuters/File Photo)

The comments made by Ben Stokes in his book ‘On Fire’ regarding the India vs England World Cup match at Birmingham last year has led to a new online stir.

Former Pakistan cricketer Sikander Bakht on Thursday noted the all-rounder in his book has mentioned that India deliberately lost to England in World Cup last year to knock Pakistan out of the tournament. He also shared an old video of him pointing out the same on Twitter.

Stokes, however, denied from making any such notes after it was pointed out to him by a Twitter user. “You won’t find it cause I have never said it… it’s called “twisting of words” or “click bait”,” Stokes tweeted.

It was the game at Birmingham, where India were comprehensively beaten by 31 runs failing to chase England’s massive score of 337/7 last year.

Stokes in his book had expressed shock over the Virat Kohli-led side’s chasing strategy, particularly MS Dhoni’s intent.

“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,” Stokes wrote in his soon-to-be-published book.

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