MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Image: BCCI/IPL

Ben Stokes became the third-most expensive player in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 mini-auction on Friday. Four-time champions Chennai Super Kings bought the England Test captain for Rs 16.25 crore. Cricket experts feel that he is captaincy material and can be considered as a potential replacement for MS Dhoni. Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris believes that the England star can replace Dhoni ahead of the league’s 16th season.

Stokes is one of the best all-rounders in world cricket right now. Stokes has shown his ability with both bat and ball during his IPL career. Stokes captained the England Test team, and he led the team to a 3-0 win over Pakistan. However, he doesn’t have much experience leading a white-ball squad.

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Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes. Pic Credits: Twitter.

Ben Stokes Will Be Captain – Scott Styris

In a chat on Jio Cinema, Styris suggested that Dhoni hand over the baton of captaincy to Stokes, just like he did with Ravindra Jadeja in the previous edition.

Scott Styris
Scott Styris (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I think so, I think he will be captain. We have seen MS Dhoni try and pass the captaincy on, he has not been playing cricket regularly in between the IPL. It’s just an opportunity for MS Dhoni to pass the baton. I think yes, they will do it straight away. Ben Stokes will be captain,” Styris told Jio Cinema on Friday, December 23.

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.

There weren’t many top-tier all-rounders in this mini-auction; RR, LSG, RCB, and SRH were all interested in purchasing him, but CSK outbid LSG in the end. CSK spent 16.25 crores on Ben Stokes, and he is expected to be available for the duration of the competition.

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