Ben Stokes’ honest assessment after series loss

Ben Stokes’ honest assessment after series loss. Ben Stokes lost his first series as England captain as India beat them by five wickets in Ranchi.

The quarter-final match between Mumbai and Baroda at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai ended in a draw on Day 5. Even though the game ended in a tie, Mumbai’s lead in the first innings determined their advancement to the next round. Notably, Musheer Khan’s 203* helped Mumbai score 384 after winning the toss and electing to bat first.

Meanwhile, Baroda’s Bharagav Bhat showed promise with a seven-wicket haul, while the economical Ninad Rathva took three. Baroda score 348 runs in their first innings, thanks to Shashwat Rawat (124) and captain Vishnu Solanki (136), with left-arm orthodox Shams Mulani taking four crucial wickets.

“Although 3-1 does not look good, I am most proud of how we approached India. We had no chance of competing against India. But even today (Monday), that wasn’t an easy win for India. I believe they would admit it,” Stokes told the English media.

He also praised his team’s success over the past two years while captaining it and acknowledged India’s dominance at home. Stokes also praised his team for the character they demonstrated as they threw everything at India.

“This young, inexperienced team has been successful over the last two years. ut coming to India is a completely different beast, one that this team has not encountered. I’m incredibly proud of how we’ve handled everything, including being on the wrong end of three results. I’m extremely proud of how each player has thrown everything at India. “No one has ever taken a backward step,” Stokes said.

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England will look to end the tour on a high in Dharamshala

Notably, before coming to India, England had a phenomenal record under the regime of Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum, having won 14 out of the 18 matches played. They started the India tour on a high winning the first Test in Hyderabad by 28 runs. After being 190 runs behind after the culmination of their first innings.

However, they failed to continue their winning momentum losing the next three Tests and lost the chance of winning the series. England will be eager to conclude the series on a high note by prevailing in the fifth Test in Dharamshala, scheduled to begin from March 7, 2024.

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