England all-rounder Ben Stokes has shared a delightful news for his fans. The swashbuckling batter has been out of action since the first leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he picked up a finger injury while playing for Rajasthan Royals, which ruled him out for the remainder of the season.
Stokes underwent surgery and made a return to cricket in the T20 Blast while playing for Durham. Later, he was called to lead England in the ODI series against Pakistan after COVID-19 breached England’s bio-bubble and infected multiple members. The injury wasn’t completely healed and troubled Stokes during the series. Recently, Stokes underwent another surgery but the results are much better now. The southpaw took to Twitter and revealed that he is now able to hold the bat properly for the first time since April.
“12th April Broken Finger, 11th October first time since breaking being able to get it around the handle,” Stokes wrote while sharing the picture of his holding a bat. The comment section got flooded in no time as fans were delighted seeing the all-rounder on the way to recovery.
Ohhh aye lad pic.twitter.com/Q4lDN6HOpD
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) October 11, 2021
Post the England series, Stokes made a shocking call and decided to take an indefinite break from all forms of cricket citing mental health issues. Meanwhile, England Cricket Board (ECB)released a statement and revealed that Stokes had two screws and a scar removed from his index finger. “Stokes had two screws and scar tissue removed from the index finger of his left hand. He will now undergo an intensive period of rehabilitation for the next four weeks under the supervision of the ECB’s medical team,” ECB stated in the statement.
Stokes was not picked in the England squad for the T20 World Cup. There were speculations that he might return for the Ashes given the significance of the series, but it didn’t happen as he was not named in the 17-member squad.