CricketBen Stokes Will Play As Specialist Batter For CSK In IPL 2023
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Before leaving for his time playing in the Indian Premier League for Chennai Super Kings, England Test captain Ben Stokes got an injection in his problematic left knee.

In the second Test against New Zealand in February, Stokes, 31, battled the ongoing issue. This has forced him to stay away from his bowling routine.

On his return to the UK, he underwent a scan; nothing abnormal was found, but he still underwent the injection before joining Chennai Super Kings.

In the inaugural IPL match on Friday, Chennai take against the reigning champion Gujarat Titans.


At the December auction, Super Kings a hefty amount to draft Stokes in their side. The all-rounder will probably play as a specialist batter in the tournament’s early going, according to batting coach Mike Hussey.

Hussey said, “He’s ready to go as a batsman from the start, the bowling might be wait and see. I know he had his first very light bowl this week since he had his injections in his knee.”

“My understanding is he won’t be bowling much at all in the first few games of the tournament, or it might be a few weeks. Hopefully we’ll get him bowling at some stage in the tournament.”

In order to prepare for England’s Test match against Ireland, which starts on 1 June, Stokes has already stated he will skip the IPL’s final stages, which finish on May 28.

Ben Stokes struggled to bowl and had knee pain when batting on the final day of the second Test against New Zealand, which England thrillingly lost by one run after enforcing the follow-on.

Stokes would not be jeopardising his readiness for the summer’s Ashes series by playing in the IPL, according to England Test coach Brendon McCullum.