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'Paise barbad Ben Stokes'- All of Twitter makes the same joke after Rs 16 Crore signing Ben Stokes fails to deliver in Chennai vs Gujarat

Ben Stokes failed to deliver for Chennai in the ITL opener as he got out at just 7 off 6 against Gujarat, leaving fans questioning his signing.

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Ben Stokes, the English all-rounder, has been one of the most sought-after players in the Indian T20 League for quite some time now. His ability to change the course of the game single-handedly has made him an indispensable member of any team he represents. However, the 2023 ITL season did not start as he would have hoped for, as he failed to get going with the bat in Chennai's opening fixture against Gujarat.

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Stokes, who came out to bat at No.4, looked to take on Gujarat's spinners right from the outset. He struck a stunning boundary down the ground off Rashid Khan in the eighth over of Chennai's innings, which seemed to suggest that he was in good touch. However, the crafty spinner bounced back, outfoxing Stokes in the very next delivery.

Rashid bowled a quicker delivery outside the off stump, which Stokes misjudged and edged it to the wicketkeeper while trying to hit it through the offside. The dismissal was a big blow for Chennai, who were looking to build a solid partnership after a blistering start provided by Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Following the dismissal, a number of fans took to social media, trolling England's Test captain for his dismal performance with the bat. While it is true that Stokes did not have the best of days with the bat, it would be unfair to judge him based on one innings. He is a world-class player who has won numerous matches for his team in the past, and it is only a matter of time before he gets back into his groove.

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It is worth noting that Stokes is still returning to competitive cricket after a long injury layoff, and it may take him a few games to get back into the rhythm. It is also important to remember that cricket is a team game, and one player's failure should not be used to single them out for criticism.

Here's how Twitter reacted to Ben Stokes's failure in ITL opener:

 

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