Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Ben Stokes is set to miss another week in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League as he suffered an injury. Stokes is already out of the action for a while now after playing only two matches for CSK in IPL 2023. His exclusion will be a big blow for the franchise as they bought him for INR 16.25 crore in the 2023 auction.
CSK head coach Stephen Fleming himself confirmed that Stoke will be out for a week as he is recovering from the injury. Fleming also added that it is not a major injury and the 31-year-old is working hard to recover well in time to come into action for CSK again.
‘He’s working really hard to get right’ – Stephen Fleming
“Ben Stokes has suffered an injury setback and will be out for a week. Stokes, just a setback, I’m not gonna go into it, but it’s not major. It’s just he’s close. He’s working really hard to get right, can’t fault that at all. So, he just needs a little bit of luck,” said Fleming at the post-match press conference after CSK’s clash with Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“MS is completely fine. He is managing his injury well. He is available. He always keeps the team first. If he knows he can’t contribute because of injury, he would have sat out himself. There is no concern with him,” he further added.
It is noted that the England all-rounder is also likely to miss the final stages of the tournament to prepare for the Ashes series against Australia. However, it looks like that CSK is already a balanced side even without Stokes as they registered four victories in the six matches played so far, standing at the third position in the points table.
In their recent match against SRH, CSK registered a convincing victory by 7 wickets. Batting first, SRH posted a total of 134 for 7. Ravindra Jadeja took 3 wickets in his four overs, conceding 23 runs. In reply, CSK chased the winning total in 18.4 overs losing 3 wickets, powered by Devon Conway’s unbeaten 77-run knock of 57 balls.
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Ben Stokes in CSK camp currently pic.twitter.com/RpdmrOtmoL
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