Ben Stokes reflects on historic win against India. “Since I took over as captain, we’ve obviously had a lot of fantastic moments as a team, as well as a lot of great victories. ” Stokes said.
The ongoing Test series between India and England got off to a subpar start for the hosts as the Rohit Sharma-led Indian team faced a defeat at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad in the first Test.
India got a target of 231 runs to win the first Test; however, England’s bowling attack proved to be too much to handle for the hosts as they were bundled out for 202 runs, losing the game by 28 runs.
Speaking about the historic win, England captain Ben Stokes stated that the victory over India was the team’s best triumph since he took over. “Since I took on the captaincy, we’ve obviously had a lot of fantastic moments as a team; we’ve had a lot of great victories, and we’ve played in some incredible games. But, given where we are and who we’re playing against. I believe this is our greatest victory since I’ve been captain. ” Stokes said during the post-match presentation ceremony.
Absolutely thrilled for everyone involved: Stokes
Furthermore, Stokes positioned himself as an excellent observer of the game, revealing that he had learned a lot from his team’s first innings in Hyderabad. He also praised Tom Hartley’s performance, which was critical in his team’s bundling of India and eventual victory.
“To be completely honest, this is my first time out here and in charge of the team, as captain, in these conditions. I’m not going to lie; it may not appear so, but I’m an excellent game observer,” Stokes said.
“I think that might have been pretty obvious, but absolutely thrilled for everyone involved. Tom Hartley on debut, to come and get nine wickets in the whole game; Ollie Pope’s first game back after a shoulder surgery; it’s an incredible effort by everyone, even the people who might not necessarily have the rewards. I think everyone has contributed to a great win,” he concluded.