Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) practice session ahead of the IPL 2023 curtain raiser against defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) was interrupted by heavy showers on Thursday, March 30. While it rained heavily at the venue, the CSK cricketers including skipper MS Dhoni, Ben Stokes, and Devon Conway, among several others, were seen enjoying Jalebi-Fafda in the dressing room.
CSK’s practice session came to an abrupt halt on Thursday evening after it started bucketing down and it 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 cricketers were captured enjoying Jalebis with other fried items.
Choosing the right rain snack ✅#WhenInGujarat #WhistlePodu 🦁💛 pic.twitter.com/FyskXh1URj
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 30, 2023
The Yellow Army will be locking horns with Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans (GT) in the tournament opener at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad 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.
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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 legendary Dwayne Bravo.
During a recent interaction with ESPNCricinfo, Sanjay Manjrekar said, “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.”
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He further added, “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.”