A New Zealand-born cricketer Ben Stokes is having a crazy 2019. He first won England a World Cup from a hopeless position against his own country and then batted in absolute God mode to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat to keep his team alive in the Ashes at Headingley. Stokes has been in the middle for England at crunch situations and he has literally pulled them out of impossible positions to win single-handedly.
If the World Cup final knock was the best of his career, the most supreme one was yet to come and the 28-year-old had saved his once in a life-time innings for the Ashes. England were down and out several times on the fourth day of the third Test and the urn was clearly in Australia’s dressing room when the ninth wicket fell. Rather he should’ve been out with two runs still needing to win.
But the umpire Joel Wilson thought differently and with Australia wasting the review only an over before that meant Ben Stokes was on the cusp of creating something special. Actually, the result wouldn’t have mattered in the end the way he’d played but it would’ve been a bitter ending to what was probably the best Test innings on par with Kusal Perera’s 153* in Durban Test earlier this year.
The scenes at Headingley were superb after Stokes smacked a boundary through the covers to win England the Test match in a record chase. The crowd went berserk and so did Twitter as more than 1 lakh tweets flooded in for the all-rounder.
Neesham’s witty take on Stokes’ heroics
While the world was is still coming to terms with Ben Stokes’ special innings in Leeds, Jimmy Neesham woke up to be shocked with yet another of the New Zealander’s heroics. The same man had crushed the Kiwis’ hopes of winning the World Cup for the first time at Lord’s with a brilliant knock. Stokes was even nominated for the New Zealander of the Year award which he duly rejected and also said that Kane Williamson deserves it the most and won some more hearts.
Neesham has his own way of expressing himself on Twitter and he was once again at his best this time after knowing about Ben Stokes’ crazy outing at Headingley. Neesham wrote that it’s been a great month for a New Zealand-born all-rounder which is not him taking a dig at probably himself.
Clearly, the World Cup loss is still hurting maybe as the left-hander was at the helm and only one shot away in the super over from winning the final for his team. But one has to tip his hat off for Neesham’s humour as every time he manages to bring a smile to his followers’ faces.
Here’s Neesham’s tweet:
It’s been a hell of a month to be a kiwi born allrounder that’s not me 😂
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) August 25, 2019
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