London - Ben Stokes can recover to become
one of England's best ever players after his World Twenty20 nightmare when he
was hit for four sixes in the last over of the final, team-mate Stuart Broad
said on Wednesday.
England looked on course for victory in
Sunday's showpiece against the West Indies before Carlos Brathwaite sent the
ball soaring over the boundary rope four times in a row to clinch a dramatic
win in Kolkata's Eden Gardens.
Stokes was left crestfallen on the pitch as
the West Indians celebrated wildly. He could, however, emerge a better player
for the chastening experience, according to Broad.
"This will play a big part in making
him a very strong character," Broad, the world's top-ranked test bowler,
told the BBC.
"You always learn more from making
errors than from the good days...
"He's got every attribute to be one of
the best cricketers England's ever had. I'm sure he will become that in the
Broad suffered a similarly embarrassing
over at the 2007 World T20 when he was hit for six sixes by India's Yuvraj
His advice to Stokes was to analyse what
went wrong and then forget about it for the rest of his career.
"What he needs to do while he's
sitting at home is he will have to remember in his own mind how he was feeling,
what would he do differently if he is in that situation again, was he rushed
and did he take advice from the wrong people," Broad added in The
"Then he's got to decide all of that
in his own mind, find the answers and put it to bed. Then you park it. You
don't watch it again and you never talk about it again until you finish
playing. You just focus on what you can do to improve."