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I lost 5kg in a week: Stokes reveals how England players suffered weight loss in India

England lost the four-Test series 1-3 after going down in the final match by an innings and 25 runs last week.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: March 9, 2021 1:24:08 pm
Ben Stokes has revealed that he and his teammates endured sudden weight loss during the fourth and final Test. (BCCI TV)

England all-rounder Ben Stokes revealed on Monday that he and his teammates suffered a sudden weight loss during the fourth and final Test against India. This was after a stomach illness hit the tourists just before the match.

England lost the four-Test series 1-3 after being beaten by an innings and 25 runs last week.

“Players are totally committed to England and I think that was emphasised last week when a few of us went down with illness that made operating in 41 degree heat particularly taxing,” Stokes was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

“I lost 5kg in a week, Dom Sibley 4kg and Jimmy Anderson 3kg among others. Jack Leach was ducking off the field in between bowling spells and spending more time than is ideal in the toilet.”

“This is in no way an excuse, because everyone was ready to play, and India and Rishabh Pant especially produced a terrific performance, but I take off my hat to the effort that was put in by players who gave everything they had to try and win for England,” Stokes added.

England’s performance in the Test series drew a lot of flak from former players but Stokes remarked that it is important to leave the past and focus on the near future.

“Pundits have a job to do and that’s fine. But their responsibility isn’t to make us better players and a better team. That is our job and that is what we have to focus on,” said Stokes.

“The opinions that really matter are those of your captain, your coaches and your team-mates who are trying to make the team and you as a player as good as you can be.”

“For a lot of guys this was their first tour of India and it has been a steep learning curve, but that is part and parcel of being a cricketer at this level. The next test is how you react to those moments,” he said.

“I wouldn’t want any player, especially a young lad like Ollie Pope, Zak Crawley or Dom Sibley, leaving this tour and thinking they are not good enough to be here. They most definitely are.”

“I have been through times like this in my career and your confidence can take a knock from a tour like this … you have to use the disappointment in the best way you can to motivate you to improve.”

England will play India in a five-match T20 series beginning on March 12.

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