Kumar Sangakkara, a former Sri Lankan batsman, commented on Ben Stokes’ decision to retire from cricket indefinitely. The all-rounder withdrew from the Test team against India earlier today, citing a finger ailment as the reason.
The current rigorous climate, according to Sangakkara, may have contributed to Ben Stokes’ decision to take a vacation. The all-rounder has been in and out of bubbles, has been injured, and even lost his father last year.
“They all add up, in my opinion. A lot of time away from home, a lot of time in bubbles, constraints on freedom of movement, a lot of regulations, and then the extra pressure of performing at such a high level in front of an audience. As a result, pinpointing it is quite difficult. Different people deal with things in different ways; some are able to deal with it, while others are not “According to Sangakkara, who spoke to Sky Sports.
It’s critical to have the correct support system in place: Sangakkara
Due to Ben Stokes’ absence from the team that will face India, fellow all-rounder Craig Overton has been named in his place. He is also expected to be a huge doubt for Rajasthan Royals for the remainder of the IPL. In the opening match of the 2021 edition, Stokes injured his finger while taking a catch and was consequently ruled out of the competition.
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In his first captaincy assignment, he led England’s second-string team to a 3-0 series win over Pakistan.
During these trying circumstances, Sangakkara stressed the need of having the correct support system around them.
“It emphasizes the reality that at the level that the athletes play in an elite professional sport, the coping mechanism can only handle so much, therefore it’s critical to have a support network around players to assist them and spot signals early,” Sangakkara noted.
Stokes has established himself as one of the best all-rounders in the game, across all formats. After playing a key role in England’s World Cup campaign and subsequent Ashes series, he has cemented his position in England’s legend.