'11 years and countless memories' - Twitter reacts as Ben Stokes announces retirement from ODI cricket
Ben Stokes has announced his retirement from ODIs.
Veteran England all-rounder Ben Stokes announced his retirement from ODI cricket on Monday, July 18. He would be making his final appearance in the 50-overs format in the first ODI against South Africa at Durham on Tuesday, July 19. He was the pioneer of England’s first and only ODI World Cup triumph in 2019, as he scored 84 in the final against New Zealand.
Commenting on his decision to retire from the 50-overs format with immediate effect, Stokes said that he is unable to give his 100% in the format and is no longer in a position to represent the Three Lions in all three formats as he feels it is ‘unsustainable’ for him now. However, the southpaw has confirmed that he would be available for selection in the Test and T20Is. Stokes represented England in 104 ODIs, scoring 2919 runs and picking up 74 wickets.
This has been an incredibly tough decision to make: Ben Stokes
“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 wrote in a note posted on his official Twitter handle.
“As hard as a decision as this was to come to, it’s not as hard dealing with the fact I can’t give my teammates 100% of myself in this format anymore. The England shirt deserves nothing less from anyone who wears it.”
“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, as I have over the past 11 years.
“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. I would like to wish Jos Buttler, Matthew Mott, the players and the support staff every success going forward. We have made great strides in white-ball cricket over the past seven years, and the future looks bright,” he added.
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) July 18, 2022
This is indeed a huge blow for England as they look to work on finalising their squad for their title defence in the 2023 ODI World Cup that will be played in India in October-November. Stokes was not at his best during the just-concluded home series against India. In the three matches, the middle-order sensation could only manage scores of 21 and 27, including a golden duck in the first game.
Meanwhile, here’s how Twitter reacted to Ben Stokes’ shocking announcement:
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 18, 2022
11 years and countless ODI memories ❤️
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 18, 2022
Ben Stokes giving up ODIs (one of the three formats) will be the new normal I feel @benstokes38
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) July 18, 2022
Ben Stokes will be playing his last ODI tomorrow against South Africa. A champion player for England in this format, espcially the heroics in the 2019 World Cup Final is unforgettable.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) July 18, 2022
Ben Stokes: "three formats is unsustainable right now"
Cricket administrators, listen https://t.co/wXq6jXlvKL
— Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) July 18, 2022
Unexpected retirement from England's ODI World Cup hero Ben Stokes💔 pic.twitter.com/wnDAFKCjOO
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) July 18, 2022
Not surprised that Ben Stokes has announced his retirement from ODIs. Like he mentioned, it's nearly impossible for anyone to sustain playing all 3 formats and do it well enough. And when you're the captain & an all rounder of a team that plays most Tests, it's even tougher.
— Gurkirat Singh Gill (@gurkiratsgill) July 18, 2022
Ben Stokes is going to play his last ODI match on tommorow. He will retire from ODIs on tommorow. He has 2919 runs and 74 wickets in ODIs but most important part of his ODI career his Incredible performance in ODI WC 2019.
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) July 18, 2022
Ben Stokes you rocked my world 🕊 pic.twitter.com/gtKkfLZ6i9
— ꋖ (@THXRIN_) July 18, 2022
Ben Stokes should have stayed till 2023 World Cup. Huge miss for England.
— R A T N I S H (@LoyalSachinFan) July 18, 2022