England all-rounder Ben Stokes has undergone knee surgery. Stokes gave this information by posting his photo on social media on Wednesday, November 29. In that post he said that his surgery is over and now he will start his rehab. In the photo, he stands with the help of crutches in front of a hospital.
Stokes has had knee problems for a long time. Due to this, he will not be able to play many matches in IPL 2023. He is suffering from chronic tendonitis in his left knee. The England Test captain may take 6 to 7 weeks to recover. He is believed to be fit for the India tour. England’s tour of India starts on 25 January 2024.
Will not play in IPL 2024
Stokes will not play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. He gave this information even before the auction. CSK released him before the 2024 season. In 2023, Chennai bought him for Rs 16.25 crore. Stokes played only 2 matches for CSK. Due to injury, he returned to his country in the middle of the season.
Took retirement to play in ODI World Cup
Stokes has retired from ODI cricket but this time he is back in the team to play in the World Cup. Defending champions England faced a disappointing World Cup campaign and finished seventh in the 10-team points table.
The 32-year-old Stokes missed the first three games of the league stage due to injury. But in the end it was done well in a century and two half centuries. However, Stokes did not win any of the six World Cup matches.
England will play 5 tests at home
England team is coming to India to play test series for 3 years. This time there are 5 games in the series. The first Test will be played from 25 to 29 January, the second Test from 2 to 6 February, the third Test from 15 to 19 February, the fourth Test from 23 to 27 February and the fifth Test from 7 to 11 March.
The last Test series between India and England took place in England in August 2021. The 5 test series was tied 2-2. The last series between the two in India took place in February 2021, this 4-Test series was won by India 3-1.
Why it matters: The Test series is very important for both teams from the World Test Championship point of view. At home, India lost the Test series against England by a margin of 1-2 in 2012. After Ben Stokes became the captain, the England team did not lose any series, so the series will be a big challenge for India.