Guwahati: Suresh Raina’s sudden exit from the IPL 2020 is accompanied by numerous claims and theories which seem only to be rising with time.
Now, after a series of claims already doing rounds, Chennai Super Kings owner and former BCCI president N Srinivasan spoke for the first time since Raina’s exit and hinted on a possible rift in the CSK camp between Suresh Raina and skipper MS Dhoni.
Speaking to Outlook magazine, Srinivasan told that he believes that if someone is not happy with anything, they can obviously go back and he won’t be forcing anyone to stay back or do anything, but Srinivasan believes that Raina will regret his decision and realize what he will be missing, especially the money that he is going to lose, and he would definitely want to come back.
The former BCCI chairman mentioned that ever since CSK landed in Dubai on August 21, Raina was not satisfied with the hotel room he was given. According to Srinivasan, who called Raina “prima donna”, the former India southpaw was finding the stiff protocols of the bio-bubble claustrophobic and wanted a similar room that Dhoni had been provided.
Reportedly, Dhoni’s room had ‘proper balconies’ which was lacking in Raina’s room, and it became a flashpoint in the CSK camp.
Srinivasan said that the team was trying to get over the Raina episode and believes that having Dhoni as the captain of his side surely helps.
“I have got a solid captain. Dhoni is simply unfazed by anything. That is giving everyone in the team a lot of confidence,” Srinivasan said.
A series of claims were made in various reports regarding Raina’s sudden exit from the IPL.
Initially reports claimed that Raina returned to India due to his uncle’s death, who was killed in a midnight miscreant attack.
Later on, a few reports claimed that Suresh Raina felt insecure of the rising COVID cases in the CSK camp, while a few others claimed that he felt uncomfortable being lock downed in the bubble.