Broad: Stokes can learn from McIlroy and bounce back


Stuart Broad believes Rory McIlroy can serve as the perfect role model for Ben Stokes as the England all-rounder seeks to overcome his World Twenty20 heartache.

Stokes endured misery in Sunday's final at Eden Gardens when he was hit for four successive sixes by Carlos Brathwaite at the start of the 20th over, ensuring West Indies, who had needed 19 from the last six balls, completed a thrilling run-chase to be crowned champions.

Having conceded six maximums in an over to Yuvraj Singh during the inaugural World T20 in 2007, Broad has experienced similar pain - albeit not with England so tantalisingly close to securing a title.

Broad, not selected for this year's tournament in India, is sure Stokes can come back stronger and cited the example of golfing superstar McIlroy, who shot 80 to throw away the lead in the final round of the 2011 Masters but has since triumphed in four majors and occupied top spot in the world rankings.

In an interview with BBC Sport, Broad said: "Most world-class athletes go through tough times and periods that they get it wrong - you remember Rory McIlroy at the Masters a couple of years ago.

"I remember him famously leaning down on his driver like he was broken [during the final round in 2011] and he lost that tournament and a lot of questions were asked of him in the next few days.

"But look at him now - he's gone from strength to strength, I can't even name how many majors he's won and tournaments he's won since then. I think Ben can take a lot of influence from how someone like McIlroy has done it, and that is sport. You always learn a lot more from making errors than you do from having great days.

"I think it will actually be a real strength of Ben Stokes in the future, having had a tough period he knows what that's like and he'll always be hungry to improve.

"He's got every attribute to be one of the best cricketers England has ever had and I'm sure he will become that in the future and this will play a big part in making him a very strong character."