Bristol Incident Could Have Ended My Career – Ben Stokes
England all-rounder Ben Stokes is currently plying his trade for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier Leauge (IPL). They have registered their first win defeating bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and looks to carry on the momentum. Although he is back to full-fledged cricket, his career took a wrong turn at the end of 2017.
Stokes and his England teammate Alex Hales were involved in a fight outside a club in September 2017 following their win over West Indies in an ODI. Footage of the brawl created controversy resulting in England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) suspending Stokes. Speaking on that incident for the first time, Ben Stokes admitted that event which resulted in suspension and disciplinary proceedings had changed his life. He also missed the Ashes tour of Australia in 2018. The all-rounder said that he was almost on the brinks of his career post the Bristol night.
“Thinking all this is going to be taken away from me might be the thing that has changed the way I do things,” Stokes told ESPNcricinfo. “I was that close to my career ending and being thrown away just like that. Maybe that is it.”
“It sounds silly but, could Bristol have been the best thing that could have happened to me? Who knows. But maybe in terms of my way of thinking,” he added.
I prefer staying at hotel now: Stokes
The 27-year-old Ben Stokes reveals that he doesn’t feel the urge to go out in England anymore. Instead, he prefers to sit with his teammates and talk and celebrate in the hotel room. Stokes also added after a point when people start recognising; there will be some elements who will always try and target. As a result, he has preferred to bunk going out for big nights in England.
“I don’t go out anymore. I mean, I might go out for dinner, but I don’t go out-out [for a big night] anymore in England. I used to love going out and celebrating with the lads. But we can do that in the hotel and I don’t miss it. I prefer staying in and chatting nonsense with my team-mates,” Stokes continued.
In conclusion, Ben Stokes added that although that Bristol event will remain with him forever, but he doesn’t want people to remember him for that. Instead, he wants to be recognised for his contributions on the cricket field.
Ben Stokes’ ban ended in December last year after England Cricket Board handed him and Alex Hales fines and backdated suspension after founding their guilt in the incident. With the World Cup lined up in two months, Stokes will be an important stakeholder in the England team in guiding them to their first trophy.
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