Ben Stokes did not waste any time after landing in Chennai and straightaway joined the CSK training camp at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Stokes participated in a net session and also played a practice game, where he destroyed the bowlers and the throwdown specialists of the franchise with his clean hitting.
Stokes will play his first season for the Chennai Super Kings in IPL this year. He has represented Rising Pune Supergiant and Rajasthan Royals before. The England all-rounder won the Most Valuable Player of the Season award in his first tournament itself, but he could not win it again in any of the seasons after that.
He missed the IPL 2022 season but is set to make a comeback to the league in 2023. Chennai Super Kings went all out and signed him for a mammoth sum at the auction. Stokes is likely to play in all matches for the Chennai Super Kings team this season.
Looking at the way he batted in the practice session, some fans even opined that CSK should use him as an opener along with Ruturaj Gaikwad. Former New Zealand coach Glenn Pocknell gave his opinion on CSK’s combination and said in an interview with Sportskeeda:
“I hope they do play him (Conway) because he has been a success in the last season for Chennai. You’ve got another quality one there with Ben Stokes so the owners and the coaches will need to sit and plan how they want to pick their XI with the overseas players available.”
Fans on Twitter are delighted after watching the batting performance of Ben Stokes in CSK camp
The videos that have surfaced on the internet from CSK’s net session have thrilled the fans. Ben Stokes is looking in fantastic touch. You can watch the video of Stokes’ hitting right here, followed by some of the top Twitter reactions to it:
First day of Ben Stokes in Den 🏏💥#WhistlePodu @ChennaiIPL #CSKpic.twitter.com/SQYYzQrGkE
— CSK Fans Army™ (@CSKFansArmy) March 25, 2023
No.3 or 4 is good for him or move Conway to 3 and open with him and Ruturaj 💥🚀
— Raj Nirupam Tripathi (@rnt7520) March 25, 2023
Ben Stokes striking well in the nets. pic.twitter.com/3DT1uiTotk
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) March 24, 2023
Reverse Sweep from our CSK’s 360,BEN STOKES#ChennaiSuperKings #Stokes pic.twitter.com/gsgv6eqfPS
— AJAY (@ajay71845) March 24, 2023
If somebody had told me last year that Ben Stokes was going to play in the CSK jersey next year, I would never have believed it. It all still feels like a dream.
A Superstar signing in CSK is as rare as it could possibly be. pic.twitter.com/7tWUW5EtqO
— Yash (@YashCSK_) March 25, 2023Advertisement
There's nothing you can do
So run away
Cause I'm here to stay
~Ben Stokes to CSK fans via his batpic.twitter.com/kezTUHo5Bi
— SergioCSK (@SergioCSK7) March 24, 2023Advertisement
"He is the CEO, Ready to own🦁💛"#IPL #BenStokes pic.twitter.com/gxMj8OgTrc
— Hustler (@HustlerCSK) March 25, 2023Advertisement
Hold that poseeeee Ben Stokes! pic.twitter.com/cbn2huxd63
— Yash (@YashCSK_) March 24, 2023Advertisement
Ben Stokes has started batting for CSK in nets and man's already reverse sweeping sixes 😭
— Heisenberg ☢ (@internetumpire) March 24, 2023Advertisement
Ben Stokes 💛😎pic.twitter.com/zBkbUPr3E4
— Varun Kesharwani_7🦁 (@Varun_CSK_31) March 23, 2023Advertisement