Ben Stokes very disappointed by IPL performances as he returns to England with Jos Buttler


Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler send message to IPL fans as they return to England
Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler are returning to England (Picture: AP)

Ben Stokes is very disappointed by his performances at the Indian Premier League but thanked Rajasthan Royals for their support as he returned to England with Jos Buttler.

England all-rounder Stokes, who was named the MVP at last years IPL, failed to pass 50 for the Royals this season, averaging less than 17 in 13 matches.

Having struggled with injury at the start of the tournament, Stokes contributions with the ball were also unimpressive as he took eight wickets at an average of 38.

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It was a different story for Buttler, however, who scored a record-equalling five consecutive fifties after a slow start to the campaign.

The 26-year-olds performances caught the attention of Englands new National Selector, Ed Smith, and he was recalled to the Test side for the upcoming Pakistan series.

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In preparation for the first Test of the summer at Lords, both Stokes and Buttler have left the Indian Premier League early and were keen to thank the Rajasthan fans for their support.

Stokes said: All the support weve had has been amazing, were a bit sad to be leaving but well be watching back in England and supporting the team.

He added in an Instagram post: Had a great time with Rajasthan Royals. What a bunch of amazing people this franchise has.

Individually very disappointing but gave everything I had to give just wasnt meant to be, hope we can get across the line tonight and make it through to the play-offs.

Would love to see these boys lifting the trophy at the end of the season as all the hard work put in by everyone deserves it.

Buttler, who is set to play his first Test match in 18 months at Lords, said: I would just like to say thank you to everyone involved in the team – the support staff, the players and of course all the Rajasthan fans. I hope to see you again next year.

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On his Instagram page, the wicketkeeper-batsman added: A massive thank you to everyone involved in the very special Rajasthan set up!

What an amazing few weeks in India with some fantastic memories made on and off the pitch. Such a great changing room to be a part of and incredible family feel the franchise have developed.

I have loved my time with everyone and I will be watching on Saturday as we make it through to the play-offs.

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