Last month was the 2023 Indian Premier League auction, and all of the franchises strengthened their respective teams. Ben Stokes, a player for England, arrived at the auction for Chennai Super Kings after the team outbid Lucknow Super Giants in a competitive bidding battle, shelling over INR 16.25 crore for his autograph. The Super Kings struggled in the 2022 competition, finishing ninth. The season also witnessed a back-and-forth in the leadership, with MS Dhoni first surrendering the job to Jadeja before resuming it in the middle of the campaign.

The Chennai Super Kings’ official YouTube account published a video of head coach Stephen Fleming visiting Chennai’s Chepauk Stadium as the team gears up for a great comeback in 2023. The last time the CSK performed there was in 2020. (the 2020 and 2021 editions were played in UAE due to the Covid-19 pandemic, while the 2022 season was played in Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, and Ahmedabad).

Fleming spoke on his experiences as a player and current head coach of the Chennai Super Kings at Chepauk while also sharing one of his favorite stadium memories.

“The noise contributes to it. That is what you connect to the game. When MS stepped up to bat on practice day and there were around 20,000 fans there for our homecoming, that’s when it truly hit home for me. I had never encountered anything like the excitement and bustle that accompanied training before. In the video, Fleming remarked, “It was pretty distinctive, and I know a lot of players and a lot of people who took notice of it.

The CSK also included the video of the incident, which Fleming described as “surprising” and said it gave him chills.

“It was unexpected, and the hairs on the back of your neck sprang up. Trying to provide that kind of training atmosphere for the players was fantastic. The CSK head coach referred to it as a “real introduction back to our home stadium.”