Cricket has witnessed countless rivalries between the players over the decades. While the gentleman’s game appreciates healthy rivalry between the players, there are some players who cross their limits by getting involved in infamous controversies.
The recent verbal spat between England all-rounder Ben Stokes and West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels created massive outrage in the cricket fraternity. The ugly side of rivalry between Marlon Samuels and Ben Stokes is a familiar story in the spot.
West Indies’ big player launched a scathing attack on the England all-rounder in his Instagram story after the England international’s remarks about the quarantine problem. Ben Stokes is currently in the United Arab Emirates plying his trade for Rajasthan Royals.
When did the rivalry start?
The infamous rivalry begun five years ago when England all-rounder decided to come up with a humiliating celebration. Ben Stokes celebrated the wicket of West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels with a grand salute. Marlon Samuels was not at all pleased with it.
Since then the rivalry between both the players turned from bad to worse. Ben Stokes faced Marlon Samuels in the intriguing T20 World Cup final. West Indies defied the odds and got the better of England at the iconic Eden Gardens.
Meanwhile, Ben Stokes missed the first half of this season’s IPL and the Test series against Australia. He flew to New Zealand in order to take care of his ailing father. After Stokes arrived at the UAE, he was asked to share his experience of his quarantine period.
What did Ben Stokes say?
It was when Ben Stokes’ brother asked a heated question if Stokes wants his worst ever enemy to go through this phase. England star all-rounder responded that he will not wish his worst enemy to go through this phase. Stokes mentioned Marlon Samuels as his worst enemy.
“You get off the plane, get your bag, walk out and get told what hotel to go to. There is no choice, it is pot luck whether you get a good hotel or not. The government have chosen certain hotels to be quarantine hotels.
I posted a few Instagram stories and some of the England boys were messaging me asking what it is like and I was saying it was not the most enjoyable thing you ever have to do, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.”
“Text my brother saying the same thing, and my brother asked: ‘You would not even do that to Marlon Samuels?’ I said ‘no, it is that bad’ – that is how tough it was,” England and Rajasthan Royals’ star all-rounder Ben Stokes told TMS on the IPL Podcast.
West Indies star player who came across the post was offended with Ben Stokes’ recent statement. The Caribbean also had offensive statements under his sleeve that he went on to talk about Ben Stokes’ wife.
Marlon Samuels also tagged former Aussie cricketer Shane Warne in the conversation. The duo didn’t seem to get along well in the past. They have also been indulged in exchange for a couple of times in the Big Bash League.