In an unexpected alarm announcement on Monday, England all-rounder Ben Stokes announced his retirement from the ODIs. He put in that he will be playing his last ODI for England on Tuesday against South Africa in Durham. The 31-year-old England Test captain’s ODI career will eternally be recalled for some of his brilliant matching-winning performances. Exemplifying his opinion to retire, Stokes said that playing all three formats of the game is just unsustainable for him at the minute.
Reason of Retirement
As per the analysis, Stokes, who has only featured in nine ODIs since England’s World Cup triumph against New Zealand at Lord’s in 2019, has elected to concentrate on T20Is alongside his responsibilities as Test captain. Moreover, He has struggled to impose himself on any of the three ODIs he has played this summer. He has scored barely 48 runs in three innings against India, a series that concluded with defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday. Rishabh Pant scored his maiden magnificent century in a 50-over format which staggered England’s chances of winning the series.
Stokes had also seized a break from international cricket in July the prior year to prioritize his cognitive well-being. He returned to international cricket during the 2021-22 Ashes in Australia.
Own Views of Ben stokes on his retirement
Stokes, who will draw curtains on his ODI career, said, “This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make,”
He further added, “I have adored every minute of playing with my mates for England. As tough as this decision was to come to, it’s not as hard as dealing with the fact I can’t give my teammates 100% of me in this format anymore. The England shirt deserves nothing less from anyone who wears it.
England Team Management Backs Ben stokes
Rob Key, Managing director of the England cricket team has wholly backed Ben Stokes on the decision of his retirement. It is a typically selfless decision that will benefit England long-term.”
The ex-cricketer and commentator further added, “Ben Stokes has had an incredible worldwide career in ODI cricket, culminating in his match-winning performance at the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final. I know this must have been a hard decision, but I entirely understand why he has reached this decision.”
Ben Stokes’s Performance in the ODI format
After making his ODI debut against Ireland back in 2011, Stokes has so far played 104 ODIs for England, marking 2,919 runs at an average of 39.44. He has also taken 74 wickets. The all-rounder had headlined in the final of the 2019 World Cup against New Zealand in the summit clash.
The highlight remains his match-winning effort in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019; when his unbeaten 84* helped send the match to the Super Over, which England clinched, Stokes was adjudged as Player of the Match. He also has three centuries to his name in the format which is going to be his Ex. He has one fifer, and two four-wicket hauls in ODI and this record looks pretty much decent.
Ben stokes as captain in ODI
He captained the ODI side during the previous summer’s 3-0 Royal London Series victory against Pakistan and has been a passionate Captain. Although he was not able to impress much with his batting and bowling but still looked pretty confident on the field. It is one of the series that Pakistan would like to overlook.
Cricket Fraternity responds to the sudden decision of Ben stokes
Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli who doesn’t react that much to current cricket scenarios on Twitter, called Stokes the “most complete bloke” under his retirement post.
ODI cricket will miss you; Shadab reacts to Stokes’ retirement.
Most of the players have encouraged the decision of Ben stokes of abrupt retirement, While Nasser Hussain, English commentating Panel king, has requested England to cut down their huge games as this is affecting their mental health
“It is disappointing news, to say the least, but it is a reflection of where the cricketing schedule is at the moment”, Hussain Said.