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England recently scripted a historic away 3-0 whitewash against the Sri Lankans at their own den. In challenging conditions which included dry pitches and high humidity, England’s new look team prevailed over the tame hosts.
All-rounder Ben Stokes was the focal point of the final test where he managed to scalp four wickets and also showed incredible resilience in the challenging backset of Colombo. The all-rounder’s performance gained significant praise from England coach Trevor Bayliss who praised Stokes for his character and mentioned how the cricketer has changed his ways ever since the controversial incident took place in Bristol which almost derailed Stokes’ career.
However, former Indian batsman, Sanjay Manjrekar was not pleased with the credit going to Ben Stokes. Manjrekar felt that Stokes hogged all of the credit with Moeen Ali, Jack Leach and Ben Foakes doing all the work for the Three Lions on the island. Manjrekar tweeted:
So you have these hardworking chefs who have made a great dish. Someone comes and puts a little garnish on top and he gets all the credit. Moeen, Leach, Foakes are those poor chefs and Stokes the one with the garnish.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) November 28, 2018
Stokes, who got notified of this tweet after a fan tagged him, had a reply in store where he claimed that cricket is a “team” sport and the individual credit is not of importance at all. Here’s what Stokes tweeted back:
We don’t care about personal credit,and garnish is pointless on all food anyways,we care about winning,it’s a team sport and we won as a team #3-0 Cheers Sanjay 💤 https://t.co/4oVhPVm1d5
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) November 28, 2018
Moeen Ali and Jack Leach played a pivotal role in the series victory with the duo picking up 36 wickets between them over the course of the three tests. Moreover, Ben Foakes was adjudged as the Man Of The Series for his exploits with the bat which include 277 runs.