Ben Stokes Optimistic: England Still Eyeing 3-2 Series Victory

The captain of England, Ben Stokes, has said that his team will forget about their heartbreaking 434-run loss in the third Test in Rajkot and go to Ranchi later this week to win the series 3-2.

After putting up a strong fight against India for the first two days of the match, England gave up on days three and four, losing their last 18 wickets for 217 runs. This came after India’s second innings, which was led by Yashasvi Jaiswal’s unbeaten 214.

Ben Stokes Stays Resolute

India’s largest Test victory by runs prompted England’s ultra-positive approach to be scrutinised, especially after Joe Root’s fateful reverse scoop against Jasprit Bumrah on the third morning, which caused England’s slide from 207 for 2 overnight.

Stokes, however, insisted that his team would not be swayed by outside opinion and would instead double down on the dressing-room mentality that has led to 14 wins in 21 matches since the start of the 2022 home summer, including a remarkable 28-run victory in the first Test in Hyderabad.

“Everyone’s got a perception and opinion about things,” Stokes remarked after the game. We care about the dressing-room crowd’s opinions.

“We realize things don’t always go as planned, but there are two games left in the series and we have a terrific chance to win at 3-2.

Self-Confidence and Team Unity

“If you look at the situation we found ourselves in going into day three, to give ourselves a chance of winning we had to try and press the button after the lunch break,” stated. They took quick wickets, so we had to handle India’s pressure. However, I saw it as an opportunity to take ‘one of my days out’ after lunch.

“I’ve got an unbelievable belief in myself that I can do that,” he said. I have incredible faith in everyone there that they can win the game for us on their day. We wanted to bowl towards the end of day three, but it happened earlier than we wanted. Nothing always goes your way.”

Stokes said “That was the tone that we wanted to set for our whole innings” after Ben Duckett’s “unbelievable” first-innings 100 from 151 balls. He admitted that Jaiswal’s second double-century, which included a world-record 12 sixes, was “phenomenal” towards the end.

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