GT vs CSK IPL 2023: Why is Ben Stokes Not Playing Today’s IPL 2023 Qualifier 1 Match? Check CSK Playing XI

Updated on: May 23, 2023 7:29 pm IST

Why is Ben Stokes not playing GT vs CSK IPL 2023 Qualifier 1 match?

Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings are squaring off against each other in the first Qualifier of Tata IPL 2023. GT’s skipper Hardik Pandya won the toss and opted to field first in an obvious decision. Chennai, on the other hand, have been asked to bat first and once again haven’t made any changes to the eleven. This means, English Test skipper Ben Stokes isn’t available for this game.

GT vs CSK IPL 2023 Qualifier 1: Why is Ben Stokes Not Playing Today’s Match IPL?

Ben Stokes has departed from the Chennai Super Kings squad in order to focus on his preparation for the upcoming Test match against Ireland. The all-rounder faced challenges with injuries during his time with CSK and was not selected for matches even after recovering from his injury concerns, as the team prioritized maintaining the right combination. Stokes took to social media to bid farewell to the franchise and express his gratitude to the fans. Unfortunately, he had a disappointing performance in the two matches he played, scoring only 15 runs and failing to take a wicket. CSK had acquired Stokes for a substantial amount of INR 16.25 crore as he joined the team. Check what MS Dhoni said at the toss,

“We wanted to bowl first, reason being they’re an excellent chasing side. We’ve exploited the conditions slightly better, in a tournament like this, the boys have adapted really well. It’s important to back your strengths, the confidence level should be high. They’ve been able to do that and that’s why we have done well. There was a lot of dew in the last game, but with breeze around, we can’t say about it tonight, but it does look dry. We’re playing the same team.”

CSK Playing XI

1. Ruturaj Gaikwad
2. Devon Conway
3. Ajinkya Rahane
4. Shivam Dube
5. Ambati Rayudu
6. Moeen Ali
7. Ravindra Jadeja
8. MS Dhoni (C)
9. Deepak Chahar

10. Tushar Deshpande
11. Maheesh Theekshana

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Ben Stokes IPL 2023 Price

During the IPL 2023 auction, Chennai Super Kings made a remarkable decision by securing the services of Ben Stokes, the skilled all-rounder and current captain of the England Test team, for a significant amount of INR 16.25 crore. Stokes’ arrival provides crucial balance to the team, as his versatile abilities make him a valuable asset with both bat and ball. This investment highlights CSK’s strategic approach in building a well-rounded squad for the tournament.

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