England and Rising Pune Supergiant star Ben Stokes has taken a sly dig at former England skipper Kevin Pietersen who recently blasted England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for not allowing the all-rounder and Jos Buttler to play in the Indian Premier League play-off for their respective franchises.
Both the players played crucial roles to help their respective teams reach the playoffs this season. Buttler, who opened the innings for Mumbai Indians, scored 272 runs in only 10 matches with a stunning strike-rate of over 153 while Rising Pune Supergiant all-rounder Stokes scored 316 runs in 12 matches in addition to taking 12 wickets.
However, their participation in the tournament came to a premature end when they were recalled by the ECB for a training camp in Spain ahead of a three-match One-Day International series against South Africa which is seen as a preparation for England’s Champions Trophy 2017 campaign.
Not too impressed with the ECB’s decision, Pietersen lashed out at Stokes and Buttler for not playing in the playoffs, instead. Terming their early departure from the tournament for a camp in Spain as ‘absolutely pathetic’, Pietersen had tweeted:“Absolutely PATHETIC that @benstokes38 & @josbuttler have to go drink a few beers in Spain instead of playing IPL finals!”
— KP (@KP24) May 14, 2017
However, Stokes has now taken a dig at Pietersen’s comment that the players were going to Spain to drink few beers. Posting a picture of a gym on his Instagram status, the England international took a jibe at the compatriot by writing: ” Beers in Spain” with a thinking emoji.
Stokes’ absence, meanwhile, did not make much of a difference for the Supergiant, as they made it to their maiden IPL final with a comfortable 20-run victory over Mumbai Indians on Tuesday (may 16).
On the other hand, Mumbai will obviously rue the absence of Buttler who used to give them flying starts this season.