Ben Stokes sizzled yet again as the star all-rounder inspired a series-levelling performance for England. First, he scored a blazing 47-ball 72 to give England enough time to dismiss South Africa. Later, Stokes cleaned up the South African tail in the final hour of the match.
After the win, the England cricket team were making their way to the dressing room. While walking towards the room, Ben Stokes came up with a hand gesture in front of the camera. He folded his middle finger and it was his way of paying tribute to his ill father Gerard Stokes. Check out Ben Stokes gesture down below.
Ben Stokes' gesture was a direct reference to the time when his father had to amputate his middle finger in the 1980s. Since he could not afford to stop for an operation, Gerard Stokes decided to cut off his middle finger in order to continue playing in Rugby League.
Gerard Stokes was hospitalised two days before Christmas in Johannesburg after suffering from an illness. According to reports, his condition has now been stabilised. While speaking to a leading England daily, Ben Stokes spoke about his ill father. He said that whenever he worries about his own injuries and niggles, he thinks about his father.
Gerard can be regularly seen in stadiums to watch England matches involving his son Ben. Since he could not make it to the stadium this time, the star all-rounder added that he put in a lot of efforts into the game for him.