Star England all-rounder Ben Stokes has given an update on his finger injury after a successful surgery which he underwent recently.
Meanwhile, Stokes suffered a finger injury during the first phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 playing for the Rajasthan Royals (RR). After that, he was out of cricket for a while before making a comeback in England squad as a captain in the series against Pakistan.
However, Ben Stokes revealed in his column for Mirror Sport that he was in ridiculous pain in that series and he would have never participated in the games in normal circumstances. He stated:
“The truth is I would never have played under normal circumstances due to how much pain I was in with my left index finger,”
“The surgery was a success after I had broken it at the IPL, but it was still so painful. Sometimes though you just have to grin and bear it, and captaining England is one of those reasons.
“The finger has healed structurally, but the pain was just ridiculous for where it should be.”
The 30-year-old was all set to be part of England’s squad for the 5-match Test series against India, but he decided to take a break from cricket to focus on his mental well-being and recovery from his Finger injury.
Ben Stokes Provides An Injury Update On Social Media
After going through a successful second surgery, Stokes took social media to share his update. He shared a picture on Twitter in which he was seen holding a bat and he stated that it was the first time in six months he was able to get his finger round the handle of the bat. Stokes wrote:
12th April Broken Finger…11th October first time since breaking being able to get it round my handle
Ohhh aye lad pic.twitter.com/Q4lDN6HOpD
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) October 11, 2021
Meanwhile, the star all-rounder has been not been picked in England’s Ashes 2021-22 Squad. However, coach Chris Silverwood has said whenever Ben Stokes is ready he will inform the board. Chris Silverwood asserted:
“When Ben is ready, he’ll give me a call and then we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, make plans where necessary.
“Ben is moving forward, and the communications I have had with him, he is definitely more upbeat.
“I’ll be led by him and my concern first and foremost is his well-being. And when he does come back we’ll make sure he’s in the right place and he is ready to perform.”
Also, Ben Stokes will miss the marquee T20 World Cup 2021 event which is scheduled to begin in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman from 17 October.