Ben Stokes quotes on success and struggle on field
- The 31-year-old will play his last game for England against South Africa in Durham tomorrow
- Stokes was part of the England squad that won the 2019 Cricket World Cup
- In his statement Monday, he said that playing all three formats is not sustainable
"This has been an incredibly tough decision to make," he said in a statement. "I have loved every minute of playing with my mates for England. We have had an incredible journey on the way."
Stokes was part of the England squad that won the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
"As hard as a decision as this was to come to, it's not as hard dealing with the fact I can't give my teammates 100% of myself in this format anymore. The England shirt deserves nothing less from anyone who wears it," the left-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium swing bowler said.
Stokes, who was appointed England's Test captain recently, has on several occasions stressed on workload management. In his statement, he said that playing all three formats is not sustainable. He has been a top-ranked Test all-rounder in the world since July 2020.
Here are some inspirational quotes from Stokes about success.
1. “As professional sportsmen at the top of the game we do have worries. We do think of the worst and that’s absolutely fine. There’s no weakness in feeling like that.”
2. “Never give up. It’s never over until it’s over.”
3. “There is always that thing when you step up a level and you worry, am I going to be good enough? There’s always doubt in my mind.”
4. “For me, it is about always trying to find ways to improve and get better.”
5. “I am extremely nervous before anything. People who say they aren’t nervous are telling a white lie. Nerves get you going, as you are playing for so much at the highest level.”
6. “It’s not as if I ever left the pitch thinking ‘I wish I’d given a bit more today.’ You were always going to get everything from me.”
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7. “I’m always thinking about the private battle, even in the field. I’m always trying to be better than the other person I’m against.”
8. "I’d rather be remembered as a player who came on and impacted a lot of games for England. If I ever take a selfish thought-process of, ‘I’m doing this for myself,’ then things will be seriously wrong."
9. “Players are under such pressure in crucial moments, especially at the highest level with what is on the line.”
10. “It’s all good being there for people when things are going well and smoothly but what really comes through is how you operate with someone when they need you the most.”