England Test captain Ben Stokes played his last ODI in front of his home crowd in Durham against South Africa earlier this week. However, his last ODI appearance did not go as planned and South Africa took a 1-0 lead in the three-game series. Stokes gave up 44 runs in five overs and failed to take a wicket. He couldn’t do much with the bat either and got out trying to play a reverse sweep. After Stokes played his last ODI, star batter Joe Root delivered an emotional farewell speech to his teammate and friend in the team’s locker room at Riverside Stadium.
The video was shared by England Cricket on Friday ahead of the second ODI between the two sides in Manchester.
“Kids now want to bat, bowl and field because of the way you’ve done it and done it in an England shirt.”@root66 with a few nice words after @benstokes38 played his last ODI pic.twitter.com/mcGrmPyN18
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 22, 2022
Root said Stokes has changed the way ODI cricket is played, adding that his approach has inspired young people to take up the sport.
“Maybe you need to be a little patient with me here, guys, because I don’t think everything I say will be able to sum up what I think of Ben. Obviously, a lot of emotions will be going through you. me as a friend But for some things I mean your achievements throughout your career Some things you’ve accomplished on the pitch have been extraordinary Be it in the cup final or some of the other things you’ve done “Fifty, hundreds, incredible pieces of fieldwork, but I think it’s also important to remember that some of the things you’ve done conquered a nation. They’ve brought people to the games that have never seen it before,” said one emotional Root.
After giving the speech, Root gave Stokes a bottle of champagne as a “token of appreciation” before congratulating the 2019 World Cup winner on a stellar career in ODIs.
“Been part of the team and a big part and a leader of a team that has changed the way many people around the world play white-ball cricket in its format. The same goes for kids who now want to bat, bowl and because of the way you’ve tackled it and done it in an England shirt and it’s incredible things to be able to look back and be able to say “wow I accomplished it all” from the group’s point of view it was like this It’s been an amazing journey We’re all so proud of all you’ve accomplished You’ve been an incredible player, an incredible guy and as a small token of appreciation, we’ve got something here for you, congratulations, mate ,’ he decided.
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