Ben Stokes
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes is in the news not only for his brilliant campaign in the recently-concluded Ashes series but also for his family tragedy that came into limelight. The Sun took a dig into the past and shared a terrifying incident related to Ben Stokes that didn’t sit well with him and he lashed out. He further requested to respect the privacy of his family. His heartfelt tweet left everyone emotional. Even cricket fraternity came forward in support of him, asking people to respect his privacy as well.

England Test captain Joe Root, former England player Isa Guha and former English captain Michael Vaughan took to Twitter to show their support for Ben Stokes over the matter. Joe Root retweeted Stokes’ tweet with a caption: “Please take the time to read this and respect it.” Vaughan asked people to read Stokes’ statement with a caption which read ‘Please read every one’.

Isa Guha tweeted: “Gutted Ben and his family had to go through this but massive respect to him for speaking out. Please read.”

The Sun had earlier published an article with the headline, “STOKES’ SECRET TRAGEDY Ashes hero Ben Stokes’ brother and sister were killed by his mum’s jealous ex, three years before cricketer’s birth,” and it includes every detail of his family’s tragic past which Ben Stokes has never talked in public. According to Ben Stokes’ post, the news agency sent a reporter to his parents’ house in New Zealand for questioning about the incident which was an incredibly upsetting topic and irrelevant as well.

Stokes even criticized the article as “the lowest form of journalism, focused only on chasing sales”. On the cricketing front, he has been going through a purple patch as he was the man behind England’s win in the third Ashes Test. He scored an unbeaten 135 and kept the hope alive of a series draw. Although Australia retained the Ashes, England won the fifth and final Test and the series ended in a draw.