Chennai Super Kings Set to Release Ben Stokes Ahead of IPL 2024 Auction Deadline

Written by Sumit Seth

According to reports, the defending champions of the Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings are set to release Ben Stokes from the franchise having bought the player for a whopping 16.25 crores in the auction, last year. The English all-rounder and Test skipper was in huge demand last year but was troubled with injuries which hampered his time at CSK. With the deadline to release the list of retained players on November, 26 CSK looks to be planning their season ahead without the English star on their list of priorities.

Stokes only made two appearances in the IPL where he scored an abysmal 15 runs with the bat and conceded 18 runs in the one over he bowled in the 2023 season.

Many might have expected the star English all-rounder to be firing in the yellow jersey but that was far from the truth as injuries hampered his time in Chennai and had national duties which he had to prioritize over the IPL.

Ben Stokes had previously played under MS Dhoni for the Rising Pune Supergiants where he had won the Player of the Tournament award 2017 edition of the tournament. He also had a stint with the Rajasthan Royals as well but did not have much luck with the side.

Stokes has been gaining popularity for his all-round game since he was able to finish off the game against New Zealand and help win the maiden World Cup title for England along with the infamous knock at Headingley in the Ashes 2019 where he single-handedly helped chase down a score of 358 by batting with the tail and scoring 135 to help secure an epic victory over arch-rivals Australia.

He had also come out of retirement for England’s ODI World Cup title defence in India but has had a poor outing so far resonating the England side’s fortunes as well with the side finishing seventh in the tournament with three wins and six losses in the tournament.

It remains uncertain whether Ben Stokes will take part in the IPL as the player is currently suffering from a knee injury as he looks to recover and be part of England’s trip to India for the five-match Test series.

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