Ben Stokes 'blown away' by support

Returning home after an unsuccessful final over at the World Twenty20 final, Ben Stokes has been overwhelmed by the support he has received from fans and supporters.

England allrounder Ben Stokes gave away 24 runs in the final over at the World Twenty20.

Ben Stokes has been "blown away" by the support he has received following his role in England's World Twenty20 final misery against West Indies last month. Stokes was handed responsibility for bowling the final over, with the Windies requiring 19 runs in order to win the final in Kolkata.

The all-rounder was hit for four successive maximums by Carlos Brathwaite as the Caribbean side surged to a second World T20 title in dramatic fashion. Stokes feels a greater level of maturity has helped him cope with the incident, as well as getting plenty of encouragement since returning to England.

"I just sat there with a towel on my head, utterly devastated. I didn't want to walk out there slumped and beaten and looking like I felt inside," he told The Times. "A few years ago, I would have really tortured myself about that final over. I used to find it so hard to let go, but I'm a lot better now.

"You can never beat your own mind when it plays tricks on you. I'm learning to cope a lot better with the bad times now. I wasn't exactly dreading coming home, but I was a little worried what reception I might get, but I've been blown away by the support. I was expecting a lot more criticism because even on good days there is always the odd person who will get stuck in on Twitter."

Private battle on the field

Stokes is known for his fiery character and had a run-in with Windies all-round Marlon Samuels in the final, but he insists he thrives on such confrontations. "I'm always thinking about the private battle, even in the field. I'm always trying to be better than the other person I'm against," he continued.

"There are guys that you look at and you want to really bowl at them or bat against them, certain guys who really get your juices flowing.

"They tend to be similar characters to me – [Australia batsman] David Warner, for example. I love playing against these guys who have the same attitude to the game that I have. It's always been there, that competitive instinct...I just want to win."

Stokes also added that “life is back to normal now".

“Life’s back to normal, as normal as it can be for a cricketer. It was a big disappointment (losing to West Indies) but I am lucky it is a busy summer,” Stokes was quoted as saying by ‘BBC’.

Stokes expressed gratitude for the support he received despite conceding four back-to-back sixes and said he was now concentrating on playing for county side Durham.

“I had two weeks off and I got back straight into it, getting ready for the two games I have for Durham before the Test match,” said Stokes.

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