LSG vs CSK: Why is Ben Stokes Not Playing Today’s IPL Match? Check CSK Playing 11

Updated on: May 3, 2023 3:45 pm IST

Why is Ben Stokes not playing LSG vs CSK IPL 2023 match?

In a crucial news update, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) star all-rounder Ben Stokes will once again miss their 10th encounter of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) season against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) being played at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. The Chennai Super Kings will definitely be feeling a little low on confidence as they have now conceded back-to-back defeats against Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals in their last 2 games of the ongoing IPL 2023 season. However, CSK are currently slotted at the fourth spot on the points table with as many as 10 points in their kitty.

LSG vs CSK: Why is Ben Stokes Not Playing Today’s IPL Match?

Unfortunately, the Chennai Super Kings overseas all-rounder Ben Stokes is still unavailable for selection in this LSG vs CSK match on Wednesday. The England Test captain is currently recovering from a knee injury which he sustained after having played the first two games for the Chennai Super Kings in Indian Premier League 2023. Stokes then missed the last 7 games for CSK in the ongoing T20 tournament and it is still not clear as to when he will be attaining complete fitness and becoming available for selection. The Chennai Super Kings are definitely missing the senior cricketer due to his exceptional all-round abilities in the shorter format of the game.

“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. Ravindra Jadeja
7. MS Dhoni (C & wk)
8. Deepak Chahar
9. Matheesha Pathirana
10. Maheesh Theekshana
11. Tushar Deshpande

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Ben Stokes IPL 2023 Price

Chennai Super Kings acquired England’s Test captain and all-rounder, Ben Stokes, in the IPL 2023 auction for INR 16.25 crore, adding much-needed balance to their team. However, his availability may be restricted due to national team commitments and other factors. Hence, efficient workload management is crucial to ensure Stokes can make a valuable contribution and assist the team in remaining competitive.

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