Four-time champions Chennai Super Kings bought the English all-rounder Ben Stokes for Rs 16.25 crore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 mini-auction on Friday. Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra believes that the turning track at Chepauk will not suit the England Test captain’s batting style.
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.
I Felt They Won’t Go For Stokes – Aakash Chopra
In a video on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra believes that CSK went hard for Stokes to make him Dhoni’s successor and wants to build a team around him.
“It was a bit baffling for me when Chennai went for Stokes. I felt they won’t go for Stokes and would go for Kane Williamson if they needed a future captain. But the fact that they went hard for Stokes might mean that they are looking to make him Dhoni’s successor and want to build a team around him.”
They Also Don’t Have Any Top Order Slots Empty – Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra has expressed concerns about their batting order, saying that they don’t have any top-order places vacant with Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, and others already in the mix.
“When I look at the pitch in Chennai, I get confused about where Stokes will bat and with what kind of approach. He is surely not Bravo’s replacement as he doesn’t bowl that way, and they also don’t have any top-order slots empty. If he plays at No. 3 and Moeen Ali at No. 4, then where will the likes of Rayudu, Jadeja and Dhoni bat?”
Chennai Super Kings Squad
MS Dhoni (c), Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Subhranshu Senapati, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Tushar Deshpande, Mukesh Chowdhary, Matheesha Pathirana, Simarjeet Singh, Deepak Chahar, Prashant Solanki, Maheesh Theekshana, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, Shaik Rasheed, Nishant Sindhu, Kyle Jamieson, Ajay Mandal, Bhagath Verma.