England’s cricket sensation, Ben Stokes, recently took the cricketing world by storm with a remarkable performance in one of the most memorable One Day Internationals (ODIs) in England’s history. This extraordinary display of skill unfolded on September 13th at London’s Kennington Oval, where England faced off against New Zealand in the third ODI.

In an extraordinary achievement, Ben Stokes etched his name in the record books by posting the highest-ever score by an English player in the ODI format. His performance was nothing short of spectacular, as he played an exhilarating innings, amassing 182 runs from just 124 balls. Stokes’ remarkable knock played a pivotal role in propelling his team to a formidable total of 368 runs before they were eventually bowled out. The innings was peppered with 15 fours and punctuated with 9 mighty sixes.

What makes this achievement even more remarkable is the fact that Ben Stokes had previously retired from ODI cricket but came out of retirement to be part of the squad for the upcoming ODI World Cup in 2023. His return had already made headlines, with a brilliant half-century in the first ODI of the ongoing four-match series against New Zealand, followed by this unforgettable century in the third ODI.

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Ben Stokes’ incredible performance in this match demonstrated precisely why England was so eager to bring him back into the ODI fold, especially with the impending ODI World Cup in India just around the corner.

However, Stokes fell just short of becoming the first English player to achieve a double century in the ODI format. This century marked his first in ODIs in over six years, with his previous century in this format dating back to the 2017 Champions Trophy.

In breaking the previous record held by Jason Roy, who had scored 180 runs in 2018, Stokes underscored his value as an all-rounder, and this performance was perfectly timed as a precursor to the 2023 World Cup.

In a poignant moment that tugged at the heartstrings, a video of Ben Stokes’ celebration following his century went viral on social media. During his celebration, he paid tribute to his late father, Gerard Stokes, by bending his middle finger and looking skyward. This gesture was a heartfelt homage to his father, who had lost his middle finger due to multiple injuries sustained during his rugby career in the 1980s. Gerard Stokes tragically passed away in December 2020 after a long battle with brain cancer.

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