After the first ODI against South Africa, England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes decided to retire from the 50-over format. People all over the world praised him for his contributions to ODI cricket. He told everyone on social media about his shocking decision, which even got a response from Virat Kohli. Stokes talked to the official broadcaster about what Kohli had said.
In the 2021-22 Ashes, the flashy cricketer made his long-awaited return to international cricket after a five-month break because of injury and mental health problems. And when Joe Root stepped down as Test captain, he became the new leader of the team. He made an immediate impact by beating New Zealand 3-0 and then beating India in the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston.
He talked for a long time before his last game in the 50-over format. He talked about Virat Kohli’s comment on his retirement post and talked about how important the former Indian captain was to the game. The Kiwi-born cricketer said that he loved playing against the Indian cricketer, especially because of the energy he brings to the game and how it makes people realize what it means to play at such a high level.
“That’s good to hear. He will be remembered as one of the best ever in all formats. Every time I’ve played against him, I’ve loved it. I’ve always admired his energy and commitment. When you play against guys like that, you learn what it means to be at the top level,” Ben Stokes said of Virat Kohli before his last ODI.
Ben Stokes talks about his decision
Stokes said again that he was retiring because he didn’t think he was giving his best and that the England team needed players who could give their all for the team. He didn’t want to make it hard for the younger players to make the team by taking up a spot.
“As I said in my statement, this England shirt deserves 100% from whoever wears it, and I didn’t like not being able to contribute in the way I wanted to, or stopping someone else from moving forward in this format,” Stokes said.