“Most Competitive Bloc”: Virat Kohli Tributes After Ben Stokes’ ODI Retirement
Star England all-rounder Ben Stokes, the hero of England’s 2019 World Cup final victory, announced on Monday that he will retire from ODIs after the first match of the series against South Africa, which will be played at his home ground in Durham. Stokes issued a statement on social media to announce his retirement from the 50-over format, saying it was “simply untenable” for him to play in all three formats. Star India batsman Virat Kohli, who has often clashed with Stokes on the field, paid his last tribute to the all-rounder.
Kohli commented on Stokes’ Instagram post, “You are the most competitive player I have ever played against. Respect.”
“I will play my last match for England in one-day cricket in Durham on Tuesday. I have decided to retire from this format,” Stokes wrote in his statement.
“It’s been an incredibly difficult decision. I’ve loved every minute of playing for England with my teammates. We’ve had an incredible journey along the way,” he wrote.
“As difficult as this decision was, it’s not that hard to deal with the fact that I can no longer give my 100% to my teammates in this format. Nothing less than someone wearing an England shirt.” He added.
“Three formats are untenable for me right now. Not only do I feel like my body is expecting me because of the schedule and what is expected of us, but I also feel that I am replacing another player who can give Jose And the rest of the team all their own. It’s time for someone else to progress as a cricketer and make incredible memories over the past 11 years,” he added.
Stokes’ decision comes a few months after he was appointed as the Test captain of England.
Stokes has played 104 ODIs for England so far in which he scored 2919 runs with three centuries and 21 half-centuries and took 74 wickets.
He was adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’ for his unbeaten 84 in the 2019 World Cup final.
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