Chennai managed to rope in the massive moniker of Ben Stokes at yesterday’s auction at a staggering price of INR 16.25 crore. It started with a bid for Curran from Chennai but after backing out in the last moment, they knew that they had to go big for another English all-rounder.
Moments after roping in Stokes, speculations were rife about the captaincy of CSK considering MS took it midway in the season following a woeful show from Jadeja. However, with the former Indian captain already in his twilight the first and foremost thought was about Stokes being the next contender for leadership.
After battling fiercely with four other franchises, CSK manages to bring home the likes of Stokes and their CEO made it clear that this move was going to change the dynamics.
Talking to ESPNCricinfo, the Chennai CEO said, “Very excited to get Stokes and we were lucky also because he came up at the end. We wanted an allrounder and MS was very happy that we got Stokes. Captaincy option is there but it’s a call MS will take with time. Kyle Jamieson was injured so maybe many others didn’t look at him. We had information from Fleming that he had recovered and was raring to go. CSK looks bright and I hope we do well this season. We follow the process always and that will help us do well.”
It will be interesting to see how Chennai rallies from the preceding season’s ashes with the likes of Stokes and Jamieson admitted to their line-up while the preceding strengths of Jadeja remains already.