England all-rounder Ben Stokes announced his retirement from One Day Internationals on Monday. He confirmed that the first ODI match against South Africa on Tuesday (July 19) will be his last. Stokes took the decision to manage his workload as he feels playing all three formats is unsustainable for him at the moment.
“I will play my last game for England in ODI cricket on Tuesday in Durham. I have decided to retire from this format. This has been an incredibly tough decision to make. I have loved every minute of playing with my mates for England. We have had an incredible journey on the way,” Stokes said in a statement.
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Ben Stokes has so far played 104 ODI matches, scoring 2919 runs at an average of 39.45. His match-winning knock of unbeaten 84 against New Zealand in the summit clash at Lord’s, helped England win the 2019 ODI World Cup.
Here’s a look at how netizens reacted to his retirement:
From featuring in an ICC Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup in 2010 to becoming an ICC Men’s @cricketworldcup champion in 2019 🏆
A special ODI player, and what a career!
— ICC (@ICC) July 18, 2022
11 years and countless ODI memories ❤️
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 18, 2022
🚨 BREAKING NEWS 🚨
Ben Stokes will retire from ODI cricket following tomorrows game at Durham.
Won us the World Cup, job done ✅ pic.twitter.com/2nJd6UVgIs
— England’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) July 18, 2022
The retirement of Ben Stokes from ODI cricket is surprising and he will be sorely missed from this format. However, his decision to prioritise Tests is markedly different from most cricketers, who retire from the elite format for the financial riches of franchise cricket.
— Iceland Cricket (@icelandcricket) July 18, 2022
After Ben Stokes’ retirement announcement, Virat Kohli also commented on his post and wrote, “You’re the most competitive bloke I’ve ever played against. Respect.”
Good Luck Ben Stokes ♥️ pic.twitter.com/Yz5iyIPYf1
— RVCJ Media (@RVCJ_FB) July 18, 2022
Some of the former cricketers also reacted to his retirement in their own ways on Twitter
— Monty Panesar (@MontyPanesar) July 18, 2022
No one listens to his body better than the player himself. A well thought, selfless decision by a great player who gave his best to England cricket. #benstokes
— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) July 18, 2022
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) July 18, 2022
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Ben Stokes has also been closely associated with Indian Premier League (IPL). He was named as the ‘Most Valuable Player’ for the 2017 season. In 2018, he made his move to Rajasthan Royals and became one of the top-scorers for the team.
Ben Stokes. ODIs. It’s been an honour. 🏆💗 pic.twitter.com/PxAekj9vE5
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) July 18, 2022
, ! 🥺❤️
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) July 18, 2022
Not only the cricket fraternity but cricket lovers across the globe also felt emotional on Stokes’ retirement announcement.
“No way! No, no way! You cannot do that Ben Stokes!”pic.twitter.com/EPaBSVCiJo
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) July 18, 2022
Well played Ben Stokes. We Salute… pic.twitter.com/DDkt965Pcw
— Caribbean Cricket Podcast (@CaribCricket) July 18, 2022
— Vasudevan Ks (@FOREVERVK_18) July 18, 2022
Stokes has an extensive ODI career with some splendid knocks in the format. However, he now feels that it is tough for him to play in all three formats as his body is letting him down.
“Three formats are just unsustainable for me now. Not only do I feel that my body is letting me down because of the schedule and what is expected of us, but I also feel that I am taking the place of another player who can give Jos and the rest of the team their all. It’s time for someone else to progress as a cricketer and make incredible memories like I have over the past 11 years,” he said.
Talking about the other two formats of the game, he said that he will give his best in T20Is and Tests and will strive to bring success for England in those formats.
“I will give everything I have to Test cricket, and now, with this decision, I feel I can also give my total commitment to the T20 format,” he added.
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