18th July, 2022 will certainly be a day to remember as three international players announced retirement on the same date.
England’s Ben Stokes has announced his upcoming retirement plan after the ODI match against South Africa at Durham. While two Caribbean players Lendl Simmons and Veteran Dinesh Ramdin have announced their retirement from all formats of cricket.
Ben Stokes has played 104 ODI matches. He scored 2919 runs in 89 innings with a healthy average of above 40. Not only scoring runs , he has also taken 74 wickets with an economy of 6.02 with the best figure of 5/61.
His best achievement was being the hero of the 2019 world cup final in which he scored an outstanding half century and managed to tie the match and take it to super over that helped them to win the match in super over.
Ben Stokes announced his retirement through an Instagram post where he wrote that he is going to play his last match in Durham on Tuesday. He is going to retire from the ODI format as it’s being unsustainable for him to continue in three formats. His body is letting him down and he’s feeling that he is taking the place of some other player who can serve the team better than him at this moment. He confirmed that he will give his 100% to the test and T20 format now. He also gave captain Jos Buttler best wishes along with all the coaches and support staff.
He finished up his announcement with his wish to win against South Africa on his home ground, Durham and thanking everyone.
Dinesh Ramdin played his last match for West Indies in 2019. He played 74 Tests, 139 ODIs and 71 T20Is. He made his debut in 2005 against Sri Lanka in a test match in Colombo.
Ramdin announced his retirement through his latest instagram post where he has written that he is announcing his retirement with great pleasure. It was a dream come true moment for him. He fulfilled his dream by playing for Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies. He then signed off by thanking his friends and family.
Ramdin has scored 280 runs , 2200 runs and 636 runs in the Test, ODIs and T20Is respectively.
He has been a pillar of the Caribbean side for a long time.
Another blow for the West Indies team as their dependable batsman Lendl Simmons also announced his retirement on the same day. The 37 years old player has played 8 tests and 68 number of ODI and T20Is.
He was part of the T20 world cup winning team of 2016. Simmons was the main reason for India getting knocked out from the semi final of T20 WC 2016 , where he played a brilliant 91* knock. He made his comeback after a dangerous neck injury and played the game at the highest level. But at this time he has confirmed his retirement and thanked all the well wishers.