Ben Stokes Shatters Records with Stunning Return from Retirement Ahead of World Cup

Ben Stokes surprises cricket fans by reversing his retirement decision, delivering a record-breaking innings for England, setting the stage for the upcoming World Cup.

In a remarkable turn of events, the stylish cricketer Ben Stokes has disclosed his decision to reverse his retirement from One Day International (ODI) cricket, just in time for this year’s World Cup. The English star left everyone in awe with his outstanding performance against New Zealand, smashing records in the process.

Stokes had retired from ODI cricket a year ago and had even insisted, at the conclusion of this year’s Ashes series, that he had no intentions of making a comeback for the upcoming World Cup in India.

However, he found himself included in England’s preliminary World Cup squad last month. Stokes warmed up for the event by delivering a breathtaking innings of 182 runs from just 124 deliveries in England’s resounding victory over New Zealand at The Oval, as reported by ICC.

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Speaking about his earlier statements regarding retirement, Stokes explained, “I’ve been asked a lot about my knee over a long period of time, so I just said that to leave it. I knew that I’d be playing in these games and potentially in the World Cup then when I said that, but it was just the easiest thing to say to put you (the media) off the radar.”

Stokes’s extraordinary performance included 15 fours and nine sixes, setting a new record for the highest individual score by a male player for England in ODI cricket, surpassing Jason Roy’s 180 against Australia in 2018. While Dawid Malan also had an impressive knock of 96, it was Stokes, the England Test captain, who stole the spotlight in a dominant display by the hosts.

Stokes, reflecting on his record-breaking innings, admitted, “I didn’t really know (about the record) until the bloke on the loudspeaker announced it – then I got out next ball.”

His role as a specialist batter in the side provided him with greater clarity and allowed him to approach his batting with more freedom. Stokes expressed, “This is the first time that I’ve been clear in my mind that that’s the one thing I can focus on… Having that clarity in my head contributes to that.”

Despite batting at No. 4, he maintained his consistent approach, stating, “I’d prefer not to go in that early because I want to see the other lads at the top do well. I don’t think I’ve necessarily changed my approach in one-day cricket from all the years I spent at No. 5 or 6… I still think that batting at No. 4, I’ll go out with the exact same approach I had at No. 5.”