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Ben Stokes has laid bare the "complete devastation" he felt at being hit for four sixes in the final over in England's dramatic World Twenty20 final defeat to West Indies.
Carlos Brathwaite thundered Stokes' deliveries into the stands at Eden Gardens to emphatically give his side the 19 runs they needed from the final over to win the title.
"I thought, 'I've just lost the World Cup'. I couldn't believe it," Stokes said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph on his emotions at the end of the match.
"I didn't know what to do. It took me so long to get back on my feet. I didn't want to get back up.
"It was like the whole world had come down on me. There weren't any good things going through my mind. It was just complete devastation."
Stokes was quick to thank fans for the support he received in the aftermath of the match and said he was determined to bounce back.
"Setbacks make you want to be better again," he said. "This will be in my mind for quite a long time and I will reflect on it for a long time. It will be a little bit of motivation to make sure this does not ever happen again. So train 10 minutes longer every now and again to get better."
The 24-year-old also paid tribute to Brathwaite's awesome hitting, revealing he had no regrets about the decision to bowl yorkers.
"It was amazing hitting. I just did not execute what I wanted to do," he said.
"I have wondered if it would have been different if I had gone four slower balls into the deck, but they could have been hit for four sixes and then I would have thought why didn't I go for four yorkers?
"I know that I can run up and hit my yorkers nine out of 10 times so I am not going to look back and wish I had changed anything."
Asked if he would step forward to bowl at the death again, Stokes said: "A hundred per cent. Definitely. It is something I work at a lot. Some days they go well. Some days they don't. That was a bad day but I won't be shying away from it."
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