Scott Styris opines on Ben Stokes’ retirement from ODI cricket
By SMCS - Jul 20, 2022 2:18 pm
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Scott Styris said that Ben Stokes’ retirement from the ODI format could be beneficial for the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the veteran England all-rounder might return to plying his trade in the cash-rich league as well. Stokes announced to retire from the 50-over format of the game after Tuesday’s (July 19) first ODI against South Africa. The seam-bowling all-rounder scored five runs off 11 deliveries and failed to claim a wicket in his final ODI.

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Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow replying to the fans

During an interaction on Sports 18, Styris said: “Do I think the format is in a bit of trouble? No, I don’t, a year out from the World Cup, we remember how big a tournament it was in 2019. Let’s always look at the positives, I think it might well be that the Indian T20 league is a beneficiary here and we get back to Ben Stokes being in the tournament.”

Styris continued, “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. His unbeaten 84-run knock helped his side tie the game against New Zealand and they eventually won the title on boundary count as well when both teams were at par even after the Super Over as well.

Ben Stokes won the man-of-the-match award

Meanwhile, Scott Styris has also reckoned that Shikhar Dhawan is likely to be a key member of the Indian side for next year’s ODI World Cup. He said: “It’s a good thing that the World Cup is just a year away. You would like to think that the selectors, the coach and the captain are now just starting to narrow their focus on what they think India’s best team looks like. Shikhar Dhawan will no doubt be in those plans.”

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“If this was at the start of his career, maybe something to worry about. But we all know what Shikhar Dhawan can do. He is a left-hander at the top, there are a lot of right-handed options for India at the top of the order, so I think he will always be there or thereabouts,” Scott Styris concluded.