‘Men and hair, it’s a thing’: Ben Stokes opens up on his hair loss

The 32-year-old recently came out of retirement from ODIs to participate in the World Cup

By Web Desk
September 24, 2023
Ben Stokes is part of England's 15-man World Cup squad. — AFP

Ben Stokes is one of the most important cricketers in the history of England’s cricket. He guided England to their maiden World Cup triumph in 2019 by playing an unbeaten knock of 84 runs against New Zealand in the final and was named the Player of the Match.

Not only did he lead England to their maiden 50-over World Cup win but also helped them win their second T20 World Cup in Australia last year by playing yet another unbeaten knock of 52 runs against Pakistan.

He came out of retirement from One Day Internationals (ODIs) after a long absence of 15 months to participate in the upcoming World Cup 2023 which will be held in India.

Stokes recently opened up on his hair loss, stating how this loss took away his confidence from the time it began.

The 32-year-old cricketer reflected on his journey as he spotted a bald patch on an overhead camera shot of his bowling run-up.

"I saw the footage of myself, and the angle would be a bird’s-eye view, straight on top. I thought, ‘God, this is getting worse and worse. I’m lucky in that I’m quite tall, so I was standing above most people,” Stokes said as quoted by The Telegraph.

“But it just got to the point where it was getting too much. So I went in, got it done, and as soon as I started seeing the results, it gave me so much more confidence, knowing that I didn’t have to worry about it as much as I did beforehand.

“Men and hair, it’s a thing. The procedures used to be kept quiet. It was almost one of those things where you didn’t want people to know you had had it done. As people get older, they want to have a good head of hair. I know how I felt, from all the compliments I received. It gives you so much confidence. The stigma and the secretiveness have gone,” he added.