Although the Chennai Super Kings have a reputation for being frugal with their expenditure during IPL auctions, they have chosen to go all out in order to secure the services of England all-rounder Ben Stokes.
CSK entered the race late and eventually bagged the man who played a scintillating knock in the final to take England to their second T20 World Cup title earlier this year. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Lucknow Supergiants were involved in an intense bidding war for Stokes, but it was CSK who entered the race late and eventually bagged Stokes.
During the media meeting that took place after the third set, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan was questioned about whether or not he had got any message from captain MS Dhoni regarding going for Ben Stokes.
In response to this, Kasi stated that there was no message from Dhoni about going for Stokes, but that the franchise had went into the auction prepared to fork out a lot of money for a big name all-rounder, and that they were pleased to have secured the services of Ben Stokes.
Stokes was let go by the Rajasthan Royals, who finished in second place the previous season.
He had not participated in the IPL the previous year. CSK would hope that Stokes turns up for the franchise as they attempt to equal Mumbai’s record of 5 titles in the tournament. Stokes has a record that is a bit of a “mixed bag” in the league.