Ben Stokes is pencilled as England’s next big all-rounder, following on the footsteps of the Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff. The New Zealand-born Stokes has already cemented a place in the Test side, and has had a meteoric rise since standing tall and holding his own from England’s humiliating 0-5 whitewash they were handed out in Ashes 2013-14. Stokes performed creditably in England’s most recent Ashes win too and has seen his stock rise in the longest version of the game. His 258 in Cape Town against South Africa is seen as one of the most brutal Test knocks in recent times. Also Catch: West Indies vs England – As it happened

In the shorter formats of the game, the red-haired all-rounder is yet to prove himself and the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 was an important tournament to him. He missed the last tournament due to a freak injury he suffered before the start of the tournament; he punched a dressing room locker in anger. Since then, a lot of water has passed under the bridge and the all-rounder played a crucial role with the ball throughout the tournament in the death overs, getting plenty of yorkers in, and was instrumental in England’s wins against Sri Lanka and New Zealand and taking to the final. It must be said that Stokes was a little lucky against his country of birth in the semi-final; the Kiwi batsmen got out to two rank full tosses. Also Catch: Catch the Video Highlights of the match here

In Kolkata, Stokes was handed the final over. With 19 runs required, England had the upper hand but had to keep a dangerous campaigner in Carlos Brathwaite quiet. He was looking for the yorker but the statuesque West Indies all-rounder romped back and smoked the ball four consecutive times over the ropes to take his team to their second World T20 title. Marlon Samuels might have had some harsh words to say to him but there were plenty from the cricketing fraternity who consoled and empathized with the 24-year-old, having taken on a brave yet thankless job: