Kolkata - England skipper Eoin Morgan said
Ben Stokes would be devastated by the manner of the "cruel"
final-over defeat to the West Indies in the World Twenty20 final in Kolkata on
With England needing to stop the Windies
from scoring 19 runs in the last over, Morgan handed the ball to Stokes, only
for Carlos Brathwaite to hit four consecutive sixes.
"I think it is cruel (on Stokes). It's
quite simple from my point of view. He is going to be devastated," Morgan
said after the shock four-wicket loss at Eden Gardens.
"You could say what you like to him at
the moment but he's probably not hearing a lot."
England's most-trusted death bowler, seemed
the perfect man to lead Morgan's side over the line but Brathwaite's exploits
left Stokes looking crushed on the field as the Windies erupted in celebration.
"It'll take its toll in the next
couple of days, but we share everything we do, we stick together as a side. We
share pain, we share the success," added Morgan.
Making West Indies totter at 11 for three
while defending their total of 155, England saw a neat rearguard action from
Marlon Samuels who stroked an unbeaten 85 before Brathwaite took the match away
with his 34-run blitz.
"I can't fault anything with the ball
or field today, I thought we were exceptional. I think we let ourselves down
tremendously with the bat. We were probably 40 short on a 180-190 wicket,"
Stokes, who has been England's go to man in
the death overs after helping the team get over the line in crunch games, got
into a verbal duel with Samuels, a strategy that seemed to backfire.
"He (Stokes) doesn't learn. They keep
telling him whenever he plays against me, do not speak to me because I am going
to perform," said man of the match Samuels.
"Didn't even face a ball and you have
so much to say today. So I know I have to be right there till the end today
The International Cricket Council said
afterwards that Samuels had been fined 30 percent of his match fee for using
"abusive and offensive language" at Stokes.
The heated relationship between the two
players started in April last year when Samuels had given a military-style send-off
salute to Stokes after the all-rounder lost his wicket during a Test match in
Stokes didn't read too much into the
incident as he congratulated the West Indies side on Twitter.
"Overwhelmed by all the support of
everyone after a disappointing last over.....So proud to of represented my
country in a World Cup final...," he tweeted.
"To everyone who has supported us
thank you very much you've been awesome... congrats to the West Indies on
winning a great final."
England have enjoyed a remarkable
turnaround since their embarrassing exit from the group stages of last year’s
50-over World Cup.
"As a whole I'm very proud of my
players," said Morgan.