KKR vs CSK: Why is Ben Stokes Not Playing Today’s IPL Match? Check CSK Playing 11
Updated on: Apr 23, 2023 7:17 pm IST
In an important news update, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will once again miss the services of their star overseas all-rounder Ben Stokes in their seventh game of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) season against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) being played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. It has been a wonderful Indian Premier League 2023 campaign for the Chennai Super Kings so far as they have went on to win as many as four really good matches and suffered a total of two defeats against Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals.
KKR vs CSK: Why is Ben Stokes Not Playing Today’s IPL Match?
The Chennai Super Kings will once again be in action without Ben Stokes in the playing XI in this KKR vs CSK IPL 2023 match on Sunday. Stokes has been struggling with a knee injury and has not played the last 4 IPL 2023 matches for the Chennai Super Kings against Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad. The England Test skipper just featured in the opening two games where he failed to contribute much neither with the bat or ball. After the previous victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad, CSK head coach Stephen Fleming revealed that Stokes will require some more time before he becomes available for selection in this remainder of the T20 competition.
“He (Stokes) had another little setback yesterday so he will probably be a few days or a week away. This is a challenge but the team is playing well,” head coach Stephen Fleming said in the post-match press conference after CSK beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets on April 21.
“The first thing is him being fit and then if we have a headache around selection, the nature of the IPL is that things happen. Our priority is to get him fit. At the moment, he’s not quite ready, But as soon as he is, we’ll worry about the next part,” he added.
CSK Playing 11
1. Devon Conway
2. Ruturaj Gaikwad
3. Ajinkya Rahane
4. Moeen Ali
5. Shivam Dube
6. Ambati Rayudu
7. Ravindra Jadeja
8. MS Dhoni (C & wk)
9. Matheesha Pathirana
10. Maheesh Theekshana
11. Tushar Deshpande
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Ben Stokes IPL 2023 Salary
Chennai Super Kings made a bold and strategic decision during the IPL 2023 auction by securing Ben Stokes, the talented all-rounder and England’s Test captain, for a massive INR 16.25 Crore. His inclusion brings valuable balance to the team, given his exceptional all-round abilities. However, the team must manage his availability, considering his national team commitments and other factors. Proper workload management is essential to ensure Stokes can contribute effectively and help maintain the team’s competitive edge.
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