Mike Hussey opens up on Ben Stokes’ role as specialist batter in IPL 2023. Ben Stokes had a cortisone shot to treat a persistent knee issue.
Michael Hussey, the batting coach of the Chennai Super Kings. Indicated that English all-rounder Ben Stokes would likely start as a specialist hitter in the next Indian Premier League (IPL). The decision was made by management to address his reoccurring knee issue.
Importantly, Stokes has had many ailments to his left knee over the years. He experienced another flare-up during England’s February visit to New Zealand. The Englishman bowled only nine overs in the two Tests and batted through obvious physical agony on the last day of the series.
According to ESPNcricinfo, the CSK all-rounder has had a cortisone shot (a typical anti-inflammatory treatment that lowers swelling) in preparation for the IPL and would likely bat as a specialist for the team. Michael ‘Mike’ Hussey provided an update on the player and stated that Stokes may bowl ‘at some stage’ during the competition.
“From what I gather, he’s (Ben Stokes) ready to bat right away.” Wait and see with the bowling. I know he had his first very light bowl yesterday (Sunday) after his knee injections. “The physios from Chennai and the ECB are collaborating quite closely,” the batting coach told ESPNcricinfo.
“From what I gather, he won’t be bowling much in the first few games of the competition.” I’m not sure, but I’m hoping to get him bowling at some point during the competition,” Hussey said.
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Stokes will love the atmosphere here in Chennai: Mike Hussey
On Monday, April 3, the yellow outfit will play their maiden home game against the Lucknow Super Giants. While the fans is anticipated to go wild when MS Dhoni and Co. take the field in Chennai for the first time in four years, Hussey said that Stokes would be thrilled with the electrifying atmosphere at home.
He also ascribed the increased enthusiasm to the reopening of the underused Chepauk stands, which will be utilized in the next tournament.
“The ground is incredible: new stands, full capacity.” The atmosphere for the first home game will be out of this world. I’m really looking forward to it, and I’m sure Stokesy (Ben Stokes) will enjoy it a lot. That’s the thing about those great names: they often like huge stages and give their finest performances on them. “I hope that when he goes out there in Chepauk Stadium in front of an extraordinarily loud audience, it brings out the best in him,” Hussey said.
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