Chennai Super Kings’ practice session ahead of the IPL 2023 curtain raiser against defending champions Gujarat Titans was interrupted by heavy showers on Thursday, March 30. While it rained heavily at the venue, the CSK players including skipper MS Dhoni, Ben Stokes, and Devon Conway, among several others, enjoyed Jalebi-Fafda in the dressing room.
CSK’s practice session came to an abrupt halt on Thursday evening after a heavy shower forced the players to rush to the dressing room. During their untimely break, the players enjoyed savory traditional dishes in the dressing room as skipper MS Dhoni and several other star players were captured enjoying Jalebis with other fried items.
The Yellow Army will take on Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans in the curtain raiser at the Narendra Modi Stadium on March 31. The four-time champions endured a tough time in IPL 2022 as they finished in the second last position after a troublesome campaign that was marred by off-field controversies.
However, the signing of influential England Test skipper Ben Stokes at the IPL 2023 auction has strengthened the CSK squad, who might be saying farewell to veteran Indian cricketer MS Dhoni this season. Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar reckoned that the English all-rounder is a perfect fit for CSK, especially after the departure of iconic Dwayne Bravo.
“Ben Stokes, the pure batter with the kind of record that he has had in the IPL, is not going to be the big game-changer. If he was able to bowl as well, this is the guy who can soak in the pressure, it doesn’t matter what happened in a T20 World Cup final. I think he is somebody who has the nerves and the skills as well to bowl those tough death overs with Dwayne Bravo gone. I think Stokes will have to shoulder that burden later,” Manjrekar said to Cricinfo.