Rajasthan Royals will be looking to register another win when they host Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Saturday. They will be heading into this contest after a thrilling three-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday. At the same time, the inaugural edition winners will also be eager to avenge their reverse fixture loss against the 'Orange Army'.
However, one of RR's players, Ben Stokes had already played his last IPL game this season on Thursday. Stokes will now be joining the English team for a bilateral series against Pakistan which will be followed by the World Cup. Prior to his departure, the English all-rounder came forward to give an emotional farewell speech. Stokes, who has been associated with the Royals since two seasons, went on to say that the team has a special place in his heart.
"There are two teams that have been always dear to me. One is my country England and the other is my club Durham where I have been playing since I was a kid. This (Rajasthan Royals) is the third team that I hold very dear to my heart", said Stokes.
The video of Ben Stokes' emotional farewell speech was posted on Twitter. Watch the video here.
Even the netizens came forward to give their best wishes to Stokes.
Earlier, Stokes' English team-mate Jonny Bairstow, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad, and will now be joining the national team, had a special message as well. Sunrisers Hyderabad posted the video on Twitter.
Ben Stokes did not have a good season as he could manage only 123 runs in nine games along with six scalps.