England Test skipper Ben Stokes has successfully undergone knee surgery and is now in the rehabilitation phase. Ongoing knee problems had restricted his bowling capabilities for several months.
Persistent tendonitis in his left knee compelled the influential English cricketer to focus primarily on his batting role. This situation persisted during the recently concluded ODI World Cup in India.
However, with a significant 5-match Test series scheduled in India early next year, Ben Stokes chose to undergo surgery with the aim of recovering full fitness and resuming his role as an all-rounder.
Stokes shared a positive update on his official Twitter handle, confirming the completion of the surgery and the initiation of rehabilitation.
“In and out. Under the (knife emoji) done. Rehab starts now.”
Ben Stokes withdrew from IPL 2024, citing workload management, leading to his release from the CSK squad ahead of the upcoming mini-auction next month.
“He did the right thing” – Aakash Chopra views on Ben Stokes’ decision to pull out of IPL 2024
Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra, in a recent video on his YouTube channel, discussed Ben Stokes’ choice to pull out of IPL 2024, expressing his belief that the English player made a prudent decision.
“Ben Stokes has said that he won’t play in the IPL. Were Chennai going to retain him? That’s a big question. In my opinion, they weren’t going to do so. Would any other team have bought him for 16.25 crores? My two cents – it was not going to happen.”
“So, he did the right thing. I don’t know if it’s strategic or anything. Why should we comment on it? The truth is that 16.25 crore rupees are suddenly freed there. Ambati Rayudu has retired. So you have 20 crore rupees and you will get five crores in any case when the purse is increased.”