England all-rounder Ben Stokes has insisted that he will not shy away from bowling in the death overs despite being hit for four consecutive sixes by Carlos Brathwaite in the last over of the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 final. That over cost England a chance to win their second T20 World Cup title.
West Indies needed 19 off the last over and with Stokes set to bowl, England were quite confident of defending their total, but Brathwaite had other ideas as he scored 24 off four balls to take West Indies home with two balls to spare.
Speaking to the media, Stokes said he was devastated by the experience but would put his hand up again and continue to bowl in the death overs.
"If there was a replay the day after I would do exactly the same. All we did for five weeks was train and every training session we were bowling yorkers for that end of innings skill. I know I can do it. It's just the execution that let me down on that night. I won't be shying away from that again," Stokes is quoted as saying by wisdenindia.com
"I thought I just lost the World Cup. I didn't know what to do. It took me so long to get back on my feet. I didn't want to get back up. It was like the whole world had come down on me. There weren't any good things going through my mind, it was just complete devastation."
"Setbacks make you want to be better again. This will be in my mind for quite a long time and I will reflect on it for a long time. It will be a little bit of motivation to make sure this does not happen ever again. So train ten minutes longer every now and again to get better."
Stokes will be next seen in action in May when England host Sri Lanka for three tests, five One Day Internationals (ODI) and one T20 International. The first test is scheduled to start on 19 May at Headingley, Leeds.