CSK CEO Kasi Viswanath revealed reaction of Dhoni to Stoke’s arrival
After bringing in England’s Test captain, experts and fans were left wondering if Stokes had been chosen to replace MS Dhoni as captain.
CSK CEO Kasi Viswanath later revealed reaction of Dhoni to Stoke’s arrival, as well as breaking his silence on the captaincy issue.
During the build-up to the IPL 2023 mini auction, most predicted that England all-rounder Sam Curran would return to the Chennai Super Kings squad for a whopping sum.
While Curran set a record price in the auction in Kochi on Friday, becoming the most expensive player ever, CSK were unable to sign him.
However, the four-time champions signed Ben Stokes for a whopping INR 16.25 crore. After bringing in England’s Test captain, experts and fans were left wondering if Stokes had been chosen to replace MS Dhoni as captain.
CSK CEO Kasi Viswanath later revealed reaction of Dhoni to Stokes’ arrival, as well as breaking his silence on the captaincy issue.
After failing to acquire Curran and then West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder, CSK battled against four other franchises in an intense bidding war to rope in Stokes. The England star became the joint third most expensive player at an IPL auction ever.
CSK CEO opened up on reaction of Dhoni to reuniting with Stokes for the second time in IPL and the franchise’s leadership stance at the end of a frantic bidding day in Kochi, where 80 players were sold for a combined price of INR 167 crore.
“Very excited to get Stokes and we were lucky also because he came up at the end. We needed an allrounder, and MS was overjoyed when we got Stokes.
The captaincy option is available, but MS will make that decision when the time comes. Because Kyle Jamieson was injured, it’s possible that many others did not look at him.
We learned from Fleming that he had recovered and was ready to go. CSK looks promising, and I’m hoping for a successful season. “We always follow the process, and that will help us do well,” he was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
Dhoni had previously stepped down as captain before the start of the IPL 2022, appointing Ravindra Jadeja as the new captain. However, CSK were left at the bottom of the table, with Jadeja also struggling under pressure. As a result, Dhoni was forced to assume the captaincy as well.