England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes has retired from ODI cricket. He played his last match against South Africa at his home ground. However, in this match, the team had to face defeat by 62 runs. Stokes himself could not do much in this match and was dismissed after scoring 5 runs in 11 balls. He was also very expensive in bowling and conceded 44 runs in 5 overs. The last match could not be memorable for Ben Stokes, but what Ben Stokes has done for the team in the last 11 years is commendable.
The team will definitely miss Ben Stokes, we are not saying that former captain Eoin Morgan. Eoin Morgan, who was England’s most successful limited overs captain, claims that the England team will definitely miss the on-field and off-field contributions of Ben Stokes. Ben Stokes surprised everyone by announcing his retirement from ODI cricket on 18 July.
The England team could not send off Ben Stokes with a win. Ben Stokes, playing his last international ODI match, could also score only five runs. Stokes has taken 74 wickets in 105 ODIs with three hundreds.
Eoin Morgan said, “England will miss his all-round contribution on the field and in the changing room. Maybe more in the changing room. He is a true leader who keeps people hooked and makes people a better player by making people believe that anything is possible. It was a great pleasure to be on the field with him for so long and it is incredibly sad to see him retire with such form at the age of 31.”
In Ben Stokes’ last ODI match, South Africa had set a target of 334 runs in 50 overs in front of England, but England were all-out for 271 runs in reply and could not send Stokes off with a win. South Africa lead 1-0 in the three-match series. The second match of the series will be played in Manchester on 22 July.