'Wouldn't have played under normal circumstances': Stokes reveals he played ODI series despite immense pain in finger

Ben Stokes was named as the captain of the England ODI team that had to face Pakistan after several members of the England contingent tested positive for Covid-19.
England's Ben Stokes and players celebrate with the trophy after winning the match and the series Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes(Action Images via Reuters)
England's Ben Stokes and players celebrate with the trophy after winning the match and the series Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes(Action Images via Reuters)
Published on Jul 17, 2021 04:20 PM IST
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England allrounder Ben Stokes, who led his team to a 3-0 win over Pakistan in the recently-concluded ODI series, revealed that he played the series while experiencing immense pain in his finger. Stokes had fractured his finger in mid-April during the initial leg of the Indian Premier League 2021.

The left-handed batsman had to leave the tournament mid-way. He was not included in the initial England ODI squad that was set to face Pakistan, but was named as the captain of the team after three players of the initial squad and four staff members tested positive for Covid-19, forcing ECB to announce a new squad for the series.

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In a column on Daily Mirror, Stokes revealed the extent of the pain he was feeling in his finger and said that he would not have played the ODIs under normal circumstances.

"It was a totally unexpected set of games for me and 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," Stokes wrote.

"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 so that is why I have now had an injection to ease it for the rest of the summer," he added.

"I've got a bit of a break now, which should give the steroids time to take effect and allow me to play pain-free in the Hundred and then against India. Hopefully, my finger won't be a problem by the time the India Test series comes around, because that is a huge series and one we are all desperate to perform well in," he signed off.

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