England all rounder Ben Stokes announced his retirement from One Day Internationals (ODI). He played his final ODI match against South Africa on 19th July at his home ground Durham. Former England captain Nasser Hussain justified the reason behind Stokes retiring from ODI cricket.
Hussain believes that Stokes made a right decision by retiring from ODI cricket if he felt that he won’t be able to give 100 percent in all formats on the field. Nasser feels that the cricketing schedule is very tight and it’s very difficult for cricketers to manage all three formats.
In his column on Daily Mail, Nasser Hussain wrote, “Some might suggest 80 per cent of Stokes is enough but the problem is that once you play at 80 per cent, it can lead lead to a drop in performance in another format. Just look at what has happened to Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson.”
Ben Stokes didn’t have a good outing in the final ODI against South Africa. Stokes failed to pick any Wicket while bowling. In the run chase, Stokes managed to score just 5 runs in 11 balls.
After Stokes was dismissed in his final innings, the England crowd stood up and gave a standing applause to Stokes for his contribution to England ODI team specially his World Cup final innings.
“He was limping off” – Nasser Hussain on fitness of Stokes
England Test captain said that it became tough for him to manage all the three formats. Ben Stokes wanted to give his full commitment to Test cricket due to which he took the brave decision of retiring from ODI cricket. Stokes was seen limping in his final ODI against South Africa too.
Talking about the fitness of Stokes, Nasser Hussain said, “Compared to years gone by, when he was fully fit, Tuesday was drastically different. After a couple of balls he was limping off towards the side of the pitch, not fully maintaining his momentum through the crease and down it.”