England all-rounder Ben Stokes’ autobiography ‘On Fire: My Story of England’s Summer to Remember’ has stirred a new controversy ever since its launch. Describing about his journey in England Cricket teams’ memorable 2019 summer, Stokes also wrote about Indian Cricket team’s approach in the World Cup 2019 game against England.
Stokes also made some comments on India’s batting approach that received severe backlash from the cricket fraternity. Now, out of favour Indian Pacer S Sreesanth has lashed out at Stokes for the same. In a recent Helo live session, the world cup winner bowler even challenged the England all-rounder to have a face-off with MSD and get him out.
“Main toh thoda yehi bolunga Ben Stokes ko ki dua karo ki Dhoni bhai aapke khilaaf dobara na khele. Dhoni bhai ke memory se kuch bhi jaata nahi…” (I just wish and pray Stokes doesn’t face MS Dhoni in any match in the future. Because, Dhoni isn’t one to forget such things in a jiffy).
S Sreesanth was furious for all the comments from Stokes’ book and said that Stokes may have been World’s best all-rounder but Dhoni still has the power and game to show him his place.
Sreesanth said, “Usse all the best karta hun ki agar IPL ya England-India kahi bhi mila na bete, abhi tak toh 2 ya 1 million mil raha hai na, Dhoni bhai career bhi khatam kar denge. Ben Stokes ko main open challenge deta hun ki Dhoni bhai ko out toh kar nahi sakta woh chahe kitna bhi world ka best all-rounder ho. (I wish Stokes all the best that he never comes across Dhoni in any IPL or England-India game in future. He is maybe getting a big amount now, but Dhoni will punish him to all corners with his bowling. He is may be the best all-rounder in the world but definitely can’t get Dhoni out).
I just want to say that Ben Stokes you have been playing for the last 4-5 years since I was not playing, I am really looking forward to bowl to you brother. Just to give an answer to what you told about Dhoni.”
Team India was one of the title contenders and easily cruised to knock-outs on the back of powerful bowling performances. But against England, their bowling had an off day and they were asked to chase a steep total. The match was also crucial for their arch-rivals Pakistan as an Indian win might have knocked-out England instead of Pakistan.
However, in a high scoring chase, India started well as Rohit and Virat laid a strong platform before the middle order succumb to the pressure and Dhoni and Jadhav failed to polish off the chase.
“Arguably, the way MS Dhoni played when he came in with 112 runs needed from 11 overs was even stranger. He appeared more intent on singles than sixes. Even with a dozen balls remaining, India could still have won.
…there was little or no intent from him (Dhoni) or his partner Kedar Jadhav. To me, while victory is still possible you always go for broke,” wrote Stokes about the approach from Dhoni and Jadhav.