IPL 2023: All-rounder Ben Stokes got a thunderous reception when he trained during CSK’s opening practice session at the renovated MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
New Delhi,UPDATED: Mar 28, 2023 23:50 IST
Ben Stokes will play for CSK in IPL 2023 (PTI/AP Photo)
By India Today Sports Desk: Ben Stokes loves the big stage. Be it the Headingley Test of 2019 or the World Cup final at Lord’s or the T20 World Cup final in Melbourne, Stokes has found a way to rise to the occasion. It’s the thrill of being in the big stage, playing in front of large crowds that fires up the England all-rounder.
And Chennai Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey believes that the packed stands at the MA Chidambaram Stadium will fire up Ben Stokes in his latest IPL stint. Ben Stokes was bought by Chennai Super Kings for a whopping sum of Rs 16.25 crore in the IPL 2023 mini-auction in December.
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Stokes arrived in Chennai last week and has been training with the rest of the Chennai squad at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
CSK had an open training session on Monday and will depart to Ahmedabad on Wednesday for the IPL 2023 opener against defending champions Gujarat Giants on Friday. And the reception to Stokes’s entry during a light-intensity practice match told the story as the loyal CSK fanbase showered its love on the England Test captain.
“The ground is amazing: new stands up, full capacity. In the first home game, the atmosphere is going to be out of this world. I can’t wait — and I’m sure Stokesy is going to absolutely love it,” Hussey said, as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
“That’s the thing with those big players, they generally like a big stage and perform their best on it. Once he gets out there in Chepauk Stadium in front of an unbelievably loud crowd, I hope it’s going to bring out the best in him,” he added.
Hussey said that renovated MA Chidambaram Stadium is nothing short of a spectacle and said he is looking forward to see fans flock the stadium in large numbers during their home games.
All teams are playing at their respective home grounds for the first time since 2019. Over the last 3 years, IPL was either played out of India or at a few select venues in the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Mar 28, 2023