Ben Stokes, an important signing for Chennai Super Kings, will probably begin the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season as a specialised hitter. During the IPL 2023 sale, CSK paid a whopping amount of Rs 16.25 crore to secure the services of the England all-rounder.
According to a story in ESPNCricinfo, the England Test captain had a cortisone shot to treat an injury to his left leg. As a result, he won’t be seen bowling much in the league’s opening stages.
In order to prepare for England’s Test match against Ireland at Lord’s beginning on June 1 – four days after the IPL final – Stokes has previously said that he will think about leaving the IPL early. Stokes has also already spoken to Hussey about his excitement for the upcoming Ashes series, which will be his first as England’s captain.
“From an Australian perspective, I’m going to hope he bowls 20 or 30 overs in the nets,” Hussey said, laughing. “We’ll be running him into the ground and I’ll be making sure he does extra weight sessions and run-throughs to put as much pressure on that body… I’m joking, obviously.“I want a fit Ben Stokes playing his best cricket at the Ashes. This franchise is very professional, works very closely with all the national boards, and I know our physio has already been working with the ECB physios. I want to see his best cricket at the Ashes; I want both teams at their best, going hard at it, and I think it will be an unbelievable series to watch.”