There are only three days left for the start of the Indian Premier League and before that Chennai Super Kings have suffered a major setback. According to the news, Ben Stokes will play only as a specialist batsman in the initial matches of IPL.
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New Delhi. The player for whom Chennai Superkings opened its vault. Dhoni did not give up during the auction to buy the player. On whom the four-time champion CSK spent Rs 16.25 crore, he might not be able to bowl in IPL 2023. It is being talked about Ben Stokes who is said to be difficult to bowl in the upcoming season of IPL. according to media reports Ben Stokes In the initial matches of IPL, only specialist batsmen will play in the playing XI.
This England all-rounder is known for winning matches with both the ball and the bat. Perhaps for this reason, Chennai Super Kings spent so much money to buy Ben Stokes, but now there are reports that Ben Stokes may not be able to bowl due to injury.
Why won’t Ben Stokes be able to bowl?
Now the question is, why will Ben Stokes be able to bowl? According to the report of ESPN Cricinfo, Ben Stokes has an injury in his left knee. This injury happened during the Test series against New Zealand and in that series too, Stokes bowled only 9 overs. Stokes is having this pain only during bowling, so he did not bowl as a precautionary measure. Now Chennai Super Kings have taken the same decision in IPL as well. Although the team’s batting coach Michael Hussey has expressed hope that Ben Stokes will probably be able to bowl going ahead in the tournament.
Chennai will not take any risk with Ben Stokes!
Let us tell you that it is difficult to take the risk of Chennai Superkings on Ben Stokes. If Stokes gets injured then Chennai will suffer a huge loss. By the way, the question is whether Chennai Super Kings made a mistake by spending Rs 16.25 crore on Stokes? Actually Stokes has a history that he has never been able to play all the matches of IPL.
Stokes in the year 2017 IPL He made his debut and played only 12 matches in that season. In 2018 also this player played 13 matches, in this also he did not play the entire match of the season. In 2019 and 2020, this player did not even play 10 matches. After injury in 2021, Stokes was out after playing only one match. Stokes did not play IPL in 2022 and now before the 2023 season, there is a risk of injury to this player. So has Dhoni made a mistake by buying Stokes?