England multi-talented person Ben Stokes admitted that they would be up against a very strong opposition in India in the second semi-final of T20 World Cup 2022. However, he said that England are a team that prefers to focus on themselves rather than their opponents.
India and England will clash in the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday, November 10. The Men in Blue topped Group 2 with eight points, winning four of their five Super 12 matches. surname. England, on the other hand, are second in Group 1, recording wins over Afghanistan, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Stokes was asked about his views on facing Team India in the knockout clash of the T20 World Cup 2022. He replied:
“We knew we needed to finish this game on Thursday against a very strong Indian team, which obviously no one can take lightly because of the players they have in their squad. But we are a team that prefers to focus on ourselves rather than trying and thinking about the opposition.”
Both India and England have won the T20 World Cup once. While the Men in Blue won the first edition in 2007, the British won in 2010.
“I hope so” – Ben Stokes on whether he still has some magic left in him
As one of the senior members of the team, high hopes from Stokes will reach the semi-finals against India. However, the 31-year-old hasn’t had a great time in the tournament either with bat or ball.
When asked if he was hoping to cast a spell of some sort on Thursday, the almighty player insisted:
“I hope so, because we have two more games left now to hopefully feature and hopefully lift the trophy at the end.”
Stokes was Man of the Match in the ODI World Cup 2019 final at Lord as England beat New Zealand on margin.
The 31-year-old also opened with his crucial knockout at 42* in a must-win Super 12 against Sri Lanka in Sydney. Chasing 142 for a spot in the semi-finals, England lost half of their team with 111.
However, Stokes guided the team to victory with a defiant inning. When asked about the performance, he explained:
“Just chill. Know what I have to do. I judged pretty early that I would do my best to be there until the end. The situation itself is not so questionable. It’s basically just a running ball, but the rate of increase slows down. So I evaluated and decided that I would stay there until the end.”
After Moeen Ali was eliminated 1, Stokes and Sam Curran (4) added 18 favorable runs for the sixth game. Chris Woakes then played out his final win, knocking a short and wide serve from Lahiru Kumara to the touchline.
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