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IPL 2019: Pietersen, Broad troll Buttler and Stokes as the Englishmen arrive in Rajasthan

India TV Sports Desk Written by: India TV Sports Desk New Delhi Published on: March 21, 2019 12:26 IST
Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler

Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler will play a key part in Rajasthan Royals' IPL 2019 campaign 

Kevin Pietersen and Stuart Broad had a good laugh at the expense of their fellow countrymen on Instagram.

Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler arrived in Rajasthan for IPL 2019 on Thursday and they were greeted by the Rajasthan Royals fans and also handed out caricatures of themselves.

Fair to say, they were not exactly how the Englishmen looked and that got the banter going.

"Jos Buttler has had a shocker there," Pietersen commented on Stokes' photo.

Stuart Broad followed it up and this time, Stokes was at the receiving end of it.

"Delightful hairline Stokesy, taking that all day long," Broad commented.

It was all in good fun but things will get serious soon as IPL 12 is upon us and Rajasthan Royals will be banking on the Englishmen to deliver for them.

Stokes and Buttler were star performers for the Rajasthan outfit last year and with the 2019 World Cup coming up soon after, they would like to be in good form and take it to their home, where the mega-tournament is going to be held.

Before flying to India, Buttler had said that he wants to emulate Virat Kohli and be at the top of his game and that is what he would be hoping to do in this busy season.

"The idea of peaking isn't really an idea that sits naturally in my mindset. Sometimes you hear people talking about going to another level. 

"Why can't you just stay at peak level. Someone like [Virat] Kohli scores a hundred every game. He doesn't think: 'Ah, that was okay, I'll peak at some point'. Just do it every day. That's the sort of mindset I've been wanting to hit," Buttler, who had reached Jaipur on Wednesday, told British media prior to his departure.

The Royals play their first match of the season on Monday against Kings XI Punjab at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.