As per reports, Ben Stokes will leave IPL 2023 in the final stages of the tournament. The England Test captain would take part in the Ireland Test series and would also prepare for the Ashes. If CSK is at a crucial stage, the management will then have to decide on ways to counter the absence of Stokes. On that note, here, we take a look at the best playing XI for CSK if Ben Stokes leaves at the end of IPL 2023.
Openers: Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway
Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway are the openers in the best-playing XI for CSK if Ben Stokes leaves at the end of IPL 2023. This duo were the openers in IPL 2022. However, with Stokes on the side for IPL 2023, Conway is unlikely to get a lot of games. After Stokes leaves, though, Conway would be the first choice to replace him.
Middle-Order: Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni (C&WK)
Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni will play a crucial role for CSK next season. Last time around, the team had some issues in the middle order. They have strengthened the batting with the inclusion of Stokes but despite his presence, this experienced combination must click.
All-Rounders: Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube and Dwaine Pretorius
CSK has always had a strong all-rounders unit. It will be no different for IPL 2023. While Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja will need to contribute to both departments, it will be a different role for Shivam and Dwaine. While Shivam will be tasked to become the aggressor in the middle overs, Dwaine might have to be one of the death bowlers.
Bowlers: Deepak Chahar, Maheesh Theekshana and Mukesh Choudhary
Deepak Chahar will be the leader of the pace attack in the playing XI for CSK if Ben Stokes leaves at the end of IPL 2023. Chahar, after missing IPL 2022, will return for the next season. Mukesh will be a good partner for him in the powerplay. Theekshana will be a key bowler in this attack as the spinner.