Ben Stokes who played his last One Day game on Wednesday, has replied to India’s star batter Virat Kohli’s message on his retirement.
Stokes acknowledged the heartfelt message from Virat Kohli and returned the compliment by saying he has always admired the energy and commitment that the Indian star brings to the game.
Stokes on Monday announced his sudden retirement from ODI cricket, saying that the rigours of playing all three formats of the game were “unsustainable” for him and he was not able to give his 100 percent to the team in the 50-over format.
Following his announcement, Kohli had called the all-rounder “the most competitive bloke” he has played against.
“You’re the most competitive bloke I’ve ever played against. Respect,” Kohli had written on Stokes’ retirement post on Instagram.
“Look, Virat is going to go down as one of the greatest players to play the game in all three formats. He is a phenomenal player. And I have absolutely loved every time I have played against someone like him,” Stokes told Sky Sports.
“The energy and the commitment that he gives to the game is something I have always admired even before I started playing against him. When you play against guys like that, you understand sort of what it means to not just yourself but for everybody else who was lucky enough to play at the top level.
“I am sure we will have some other battles on the field. It was nice to hear what he (Kohli) said,” he added.