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Ben Stokes gives a cheeky reply to Shakib Al Hasan on Twitter

Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh
Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh celebrates dismissing Ben Stokes. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

We might be living in the “T-20 age” but it’s that time of the year when Test matches are ruling the cricketing world. Almost all the ranked nations are currently involved in the red ball cricket (or the pink one!), that too on result oriented pitches, which makes it an exciting and historical time to switch on the televisions.

Unexpected is being achieved and history is being made everywhere, especially in Bangladesh, where the hosts have registered their first Test win over the visitors England, since…well…forever!

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A few Test wins over Zimbabwe and West indies were all good and fine for Bangladesh, but the series-leveling victory over the Englishmen has given a new ray of hope and motivation to the players who are obviously too good to languish so low in the cricketing world.

Still, with two countries so passionate about the beautiful game, there getting together was bound to cause some sorts of controversy. The Buttler-Sabbir Rahman fight in the ODI was followed by an incident between Ben Stokes and Sabbir Rahman in the second Test which led to Stokes being fined 15% of his match fee.

With controversies like that, you would think there’s an animosity between the group of players, right? Well, wrong!

Even after an embarrassing loss to Bangladesh, English all-rounder, Ben Stokes was cordial enough to thank the security staff and of course, the fans, for making this series possible, a series, which threatened to be called off due to security reasons.

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Here’s what he tweeted: “Thanks for having us Bangladesh been a brilliant Test/ODI series,salute to the security and the people and of course @Sah75official”

The tweet was directed to Bangladeshi ace Shakib Al Hasan, who, of course, returned the favor by tweeting him back: “@benstokes38 you’ve always been a good mate buddy”

That’s all well and sweet but Stokes’ tongue in cheek reply to Shakib’s tweet is sure to put a smile on your face: “Be better mates if you stopped getting me out”

Shakib had a brilliant Test series with the ball, troubling a lot of English batsmen, including Ben Stokes. But, if you were expecting bitterness, look away! It’s all well and good between these two “mates”!

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