England all-rounder, Ben Stokes credited the whole team for showing fizz and application after the Trent Bridge loss as they beat India by 60 runs in Southhampton to seal the series at 3-1. The final match of the series will be held in London.
Meanwhile, India didn’t take much time to end up the batting line-up of England in the morning session of the penultimate day of the fourth Test. England added only 12 runs in the fourth day and set a target of 245 runs for India.
However, India batsman Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane registered 101 runs for the fourth wicket. Moeen Ali did exceptionally well and bagged four wickets under his belt.
Durham star Ben Stokes speaks about the pressure after losing the third test match by a massive score of 203 runs.
However, he said that they should have quickly collapsed, but they didn’t. They showed up their character and played well to take the lead up.
“Came here with a bit of pressure after that performance at Trent Bridge. We could have easily crumbled but we showed great character. Pretty special day. The lead that we had was always crucial regardless of their batting line-up” he added.
Stokes was unable to contribute with the bat at Trent Bridge. However, he scored 53 runs in the last match and took three wickets. He builds up some steady partnership whit his teammates in the crucial times.
“Took me back a few years to score those runs (smiles). I just thought that the time I spent out there was crucial. I said to Stuart I have gone away, away, away, is it too greedy to throw one back in and he said, no it’s No. 9 and it worked”. he said.
The fifth and final Test between India and England will kick off on September 7 at the Oval in London as Ben Stokes has a significant role to play for the hosts.