Player of Match: Ben Stokes’ heroics propel England to a 113 runs victory

Heralded as one of the finest all-rounders in the world, Ben Stokes once again gave a testament of his lofty repute. The dynamics all-rounder delivered with the willow as well as the ball to propel England to a magnificent 113 runs victory of Jason Holder’s West Indies. 

Stokes scored a blistering knock of 176 in the first innings to put England in the driver’s seat. While he played an extremely calm and responsible inning, he changed gears in the second to unleash himself and scored a quickfire 76 to set up a 312-run West Indies chase. 

The 29-year-old Stokes also broke a host of records to in the second Test against West Indies in Old Trafford. He achieved a rare feat after taking the important wicket of Jermaine to become the first Englishman to score 250+ runs and take more than a single wicket in a Test match.

Stokes, who looked in sublime form in Manchester also scripted another record a couple of days back.

Stokes became the second England and fourth overall cricketer to reach an elite club of those players who have scored 400-plus runs, 10 centuries, and taken 150+ wickets in the longest format of the game.

In the first Test, he had become the second-fastest man to get a double of 4000 Test runs and 150 wickets. The New Zealand-born Stokes became the second fastest to get to this milestone.

While Stokes achieved this in 64 Tests, West Indian Gary Sobers did it in 63 Tests. Now he is esteemed company of players like Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Jacques and Daniel Vettori.