Four-time champions Chennai Super Kings bought English all-rounder Ben Stokes for a mammoth 16.25 crore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 mini-auction at Kochi on December 23. This massive signing has left experts and fans wondering if MS Dhoni will once again step down from the CSK captaincy to hand over the responsibility to Stokes.
Ben Stokes made his IPL debut with the Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017 under MS Dhoni. He was named the season’s most valuable player for his outstanding performances with both bat and ball. He also scored a brilliant century. Stokes performed well in the recently concluded T20 World Cup and proved that he can also dominate the IPL.
Jadeja led England to nine Test wins in ten matches in 2022 with the ‘BazBall’ approach. Following the major signing, Gayle was asked about his thoughts on the captaincy debate during a Jio Cinemas discussion, and he said, “Dhoni. Once you are playing, you lead a team, okay? Done.”
Ben Stokes Will Fit In Amazingly With The Super Kings – Chris Gayle
Gayle also praised CSK for signing Stokes, saying that the franchise will benefit from having both Stokes and Dhoni on their team. Gayle feels Ben Stokes will stand aside and let MSD do his thing in the CSK dressing room.
“They are two fantastic minds in the dressing room, MSD and Ben Stokes. But I think Stokes will sit back and respect MSD and let him do his thing. The young players will also get to learn a lot from Stokes. It’s good to have him and he still has the likes of DJ Bravo in the CSK ranks,” Gayle said.
“Fitting in the culture is important and I am sure without any doubt, with his experience, he will fit in amazingly with the Super Kings. As we all knock, they lack all-rounders and will accept Stokes with both hands.”
Last season, Ravindra Jadeja was named the captain of CSK, but he gave up the captaincy midway through the season. Meanwhile, Stokes has never led an IPL team before, but he is currently enjoying great success as the captain of the England Test team, so it remains to be seen whether he will take the captaincy hat after MS Dhoni.