India vs England – Ben Stokes: After England’s 1-3 loss to India in the recently concluded Test series, all-rounder Ben Stokes revealed that many players in the squad including him lost up to five kilograms of weight going into the 4th Test due to hot weather in Ahmedabad.
Ahead of the final Test, with increasing temperature in Ahmedabad, many England players were struck down by stomach illness.
“Players are totally committed to England and I think that was emphasised last week when a few of us went down with an illness that made operating in 41-degree heat particularly taxing,” Stokes told UK’s Daily Mirror. “I lost 5kg in a week, Dom Sibley 4kg and Jimmy Anderson 3kg among others. Jack Leach was ducking off the field in between bowling spells and spending more time than is ideal in the toilet,” Stokes told the English press.
The visitors suffered a crushing an innings and 25-run loss in the 4th Test to India who qualified for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand that will be played from June 18 in Southampton.
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While many in England are still in search of an answer to the team’s abysmal performance in the last three Tests, Stokes ruled out the illness as a probable cause. Instead, he praised India’s “terrific performance”.
“This is in no way an excuse, because everyone was ready to play, and India and Rishabh Pant especially produced a terrific performance, but I take off my hat to the effort that was put in by players who gave everything they had to try and win for England,” Stokes said.
Stokes, who will play for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2021, also dismissed criticism from the cricket pundits. Stokes said that only the opinion of the captain and the teammates matters.
“Pundits have a job to do and that’s fine. But their responsibility isn’t to make us better players and a better team. That is our job and that is what we have to focus on. The opinions that really matter are those of your captain, your coaches and your team-mates who are trying to make the team and you as a player as good as you can be,” he said.
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