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IPL 2023: 3 Teams Who Can Target Ben Stokes In The IPL Auction 2023. England star Ben Stokes is all set to be part of the IPL 2023 auction. The English all-rounder was not part of the last season of IPL 2022. Now, he has decided to be a part of IPL 2023 and will go under the hammer during the IPL 2023 auction.

RR's Ben Stokes ( IANS)
RR’s Ben Stokes ( IANS)

The left-handed batsman got injured in the very first game of IPL 2021 for Rajasthan Royals and had to leave the tournament after the opening game itself. Ben Stokes played 8 matches in IPL 2020, scoring 285 and bagging a mere 2 wickets. In the IPL 2021 edition, he only played one match before sustaining a finger injury.

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IPL 2023 Auction
IPL 2023 Auction. Pic Credits: Twitter

Ben Stokes was picked by Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2018 auction and since then they retained him for 4 years till IPL 2021. The all-rounder played 31 matches for them in 4 years scoring 604 runs averaging 23.23 besides taking 16 scalps averaging 41.13. Ben Stokes is amongst the players who have set the highest base price of INR 2 crore for themselves in the IPL 2023 mini-auction.

A destructive batsman and an effective fast-bowler, Ben Stokes has remained at the forefront of some of England’s recent triumphs – World Cup 2019 win, and a thrilling Ashes ton at Headingley – to name a few. In the 2022 T20 World Cup final against Pakistan, Ben Stokes once again demonstrated his talent for winning important matches with a valiant undefeated half-century.

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IPL 2023: 3 Teams Who Can Target Ben Stokes In The IPL Auction 2023

1. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)

SunRisers Hyderabad
SunRisers Hyderabad. Image Credits: BCCI

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have released several players, including all-rounders and their captain Kane Williamson. Hence, the IPL 2016 champions will be looking for one quality cricketer who can fill both requirements and Ben Stokes, by all margins, fits right in.

The advantage Ben Stokes brings is that he can bat in the top order and be a finisher as the situation require, and the Sunrisers Hyderabad need such a cricketer. Since the Orange Army has the biggest purse left of INR 42.25 Crores, fans can expect them to go at full flow to acquire the services of England’s Test captain.

Sunrisers Hyderabad have the biggest purse going to the mini auctions for the IPL 2023. The Hyderabad-based franchise has INR 42.25 crore to fill 13 total slots, including four overseas slots. After the release of Kane Williamson, Sunrisers Hyderabad desperately need a strong personality to lead the team in the IPL 2023.

Ben Stokes is England’s Test skipper and he could lead them as well. Furthermore, the all-rounder will be a perfect replacement for Kane Williamson at number three as well.

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