Updated 30 September 2020 | 14:20 IST
Former Indian middle-order batsman Suresh Raina left the cricket fans in deep shock when he decided to tug out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 thanks to personal reasons. Raina, who was one among the important members of IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK), was fully prepared to play in IPL 2020 and had also joined the one-week training camp held by CSK in Chennai. Raina later flew to UAE with other CSK members but he returned to India a few days before the beginning of the distinguished tournament.
The CSK vice-captain had later said that he might return to the UAE to rejoin the CSK squad but it seems that the MS Dhoni-led CSK doesn’t need him anymore as his name has been faraway from the team’s website too.
Besides Raina, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh’s name has also been faraway from the ‘team’s section’ on the official website. it’s going to be recalled that Harbhajan too had returned from the UAE before the beginning of the tournament.
CSK’s CEO Kasi Viswanathan had told ANI a few days ago that the team has moved on from Raina. “We cannot check out (Suresh) Raina because he made himself unavailable, and that we respect his decision and his space. We aren’t brooding about it,” he told ANI.
“I can assure the fans that we’ll recover strongly. it is a game and you’ve got your good and bad days. But the boys know what they have to try to and therefore the smiles are going to be back,” Viswanathan added.
It would not be wrong to mention that CSK is missing Raina’s presence within the middle-order and that they have only won two out of three matches thus far. Opener Faf du Plessis is now batting at number three for CSK in Raina’s absence. CSK’s woes are added thanks to an injury picked up by Ambati Rayudu but it expected that he would soon return to the side.