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Selfless resolution by an ideal participant – Mohammad Azharuddin lauds Ben Stokes for retiring from ODI cricket

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England Test skipper Ben Stokes put forth his resolution of retirning from ODI cricket after taking part in his final match on Tuesday, July 19.

Ben Stokes of England. Courtesy: Reuters

HIGHLIGHTSBen Stokes introduced his resolution to retire from ODIs on MondayBen Stokes performed 11 years for England in ODIsStokes will play his final ODI on Tuesday

Former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin heaped reward on Ben Stokes after the latter introduced his resolution to retire from ODI cricket on Monday, July 18. Stokes is about to signify the Three Lions for the final time within the 50-over format on Tuesday in England’s first ODI towards South Africa at Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.

Stokes made his debut for England again in 2011 and went on to play for 11 years. He was one of many main causes behind the British staff successful the 2019 World Cup last towards New Zealand on the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.

Azharuddin, one among India’s biggest captains, lauded the 31-year-old Stokes for at all times placing his staff forward of himself.

Azharuddin took to Twitter and wrote, “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.”

No one listens to his physique higher than the participant himself. A effectively thought, selfless resolution by an ideal participant who gave his greatest to England cricket. #benstokes

— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) July 18, 2022

Earlier, Stokes mentioned that it had grow to be robust for him to place in one hundred pc efforts throughout codecs for the nationwide staff. In the ODI collection towards India, Stokes scored 48 runs and failed to select up a single wicket. He additionally received’t play within the T20I collection towards the Proteas and the upcoming version of the Hundred.

“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,” Stokes said.

“Three codecs are simply unsustainable for me now. Not solely do I really feel that my physique is letting me down due to the schedule and what’s anticipated of us, however I additionally really feel that I’m taking the place of one other participant who can provide Jos and the remainder of the staff their all. It’s time for another person to progress as a cricketer and make unimaginable recollections like I’ve over the previous 11 years,” he added.

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