Ben Stokes, England’s best all-rounder recently announced his retirement from one-day internationals. The decision shocked the cricketing world as the right-hander is just 31 years old and is an integral part of the England team in all three formats.
Stokes openly confessed he could not cope with the quantity of cricket that is being played at the moment. He admitted that he could not give his best in all three formats considering the super tight schedule of the English cricket team.
The retirement of Ben Stokes from one-day internationals sparked a huge discussion among the cricketing community. Several experts and presenters went on slamming the cricketing boards around the world for the excessive cricketing action going around.
Hardik Pandya may retire from ODI: Ravi Shastri
Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer and coach Ravi Shastri have no different opinion. He believes that cricket being played around the calender years is too much to cope with for the players. The Mumbaikar wants the ODI format to take a backseat for a while.
During the same conversation with Sky Cricket, Shastri went on to make big statements about Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya. He confessed that the right-hander might exit from one-day cricket after the end of the next year’s ODI World Cup (2023).
Hardik Pandya was struggling with his back and shoulder injury for almost a couple of years. He missed multiple games for the national team due to the same. The fans believe that Shastri is right in what he said about the Indian all-rounder considering and workload and well-being of the player.
Here’s what Ravi Shastri said:
“You have players already choosing what formats they want to play. Take Hardik Pandya for example. He wants to play T20 cricket and he is very clear in his mind that ‘I do not want to play anything else,”
“He will play 50-over cricket because there is a World Cup in India next year. After that, you might see him going from that as well. You will see a similar thing happening with other players, they will start choosing formats and they have every right to do so.”