ENG VS SA: Scott Styris Shares His Views on Ben Stokes’ Retirement from ODI Format
ENG VS SA: Former New Zealand player Scott Styris has recently said that veteran England all-rounder Ben Stokes’ retirement from ODI cricket could be beneficial for the IPL (Indian Premier League) as the England all-rounder might return to play in the cash-rich league. However, Ben Stokes recently announced his retirement from the 50-over format and Tuesday’s (July 19) first ODI against South Africa was his final game where he scored five runs off 11 deliveries and went wicketless too.
Meanwhile, Styris further added that Stokes would have checked all his options before making the call. He stated: “It is a blow, no doubt it, if the Man of the Match from the last final isn’t there for the next tournament. But it’s just that something has to give in today’s game. There is an enjoyment factor for the players, what am I best at factor as well and for someone like Ben Stokes, I am sure he would have weighed all of that up.”
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Ben Stokes was the Player of the Match in the 2019 ODI World Cup final where he smashed an unbeaten 84-run knock that helped England tie the game against New Zealand and later on they won the title on boundary count after both teams were at par even after the Super Over as well.
ENG VS SA: Ben Stokes was the Player of the Match in the 2019 ODI World Cup final
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Meanwhile, Rohan Gavaskar also believes that players are likely to give up ODIs if they want to retire from the format of the game. He also added that accomplished Test players usually don’t call it a day in the longest version of the game as well.
He reasoned: “If you are going to step away from a format, it’s going to be this format, because T20 is a lot of entertainment, it’s also where all the money is. So you are not going to step away from the T20 format as a player and rightly so, because at the end of the day, it’s still a career, it’s still a job. If you are a good enough Test cricketer, you are not going to step away from Test cricket, simply because Test cricket is what you are judged on. When you talk about the Fab five batters of this generation – Babar, Virat, Kane Williamson, Joe Root and Steve Smith – it’s based on their Test performances, no one brings about T20 or ODI specialists.”
Meanwhile, Ben Stokes, who has successfully led his side in his first four games to wins recently, had opted out of IPL 2022. But, he will certainly be one of the key buys if he makes himself available before the next season’s auction as well.
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