IPL 2023: Ben Stokes Doubtful For MI vs CSK Clash At Wankhede Stadium

According to a report in The Indian Express, Stokes has been advised ten days of rest. The medical team of the four-time champions will assess the situation on Saturday afternoon before taking a final call. However, those who are aware of the development feel that the Englishman would most probably not take the risk of playing the game.

Stokes was bought by CSK for 16.25 crores at the IPL 2023 mini auction, The star player has arrived in India to feature in the IPL 2023 despite struggling with a recurring knee injury. He did not bowl in the tournament openers against Gujarat Titans (GT).

In the second match against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), Stokes bowled one over for 18 runs. The two IPL 2023 innings have seen him score even and eight runs from six and eight balls respectively.

With the domestic pacers yet not delivering, CSK would be relying on the experience of Stokes. But the injury setback can come across as a major blow for the MS Dhoni-led team who have won one of their first two matches.

Stokes is also being considered as a captaincy open post Dhoni’s retirement from the league. CSK all-rounder and Stokes’ compatriot Moeen Ali was asked if he feels Stokes is a potential candidate to replace Dhoni as CSK’s future captain.

“He’s really enjoying himself. CSK is the type of franchise where you come here and you do tend to enjoy yourself and really love playing for this franchise. He’s settled in really well. He’s a big part of the team with his experience,” Ali said.

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