Guwahati: Former India left-hander Suresh Raina has been an integral part of the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK), as he along with former India captain MS Dhoni had been the face of the franchise since the inception of the Indian Premier League in 2008. Numerous success stories of CSK is attributed to Raina’s immeasurable contribution with the bat and on the field. He was a pillar at the number three position of the CSK batting line up.
However, ahead of the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League, there was a lot of instability in the CSK camp, with around 13 members of their contingent testing COVID positive, Raina deciding to pull out of the tournament, the owner of CSK making some controversial remark and so on. The Chennai Super Kings have once again made it to the news.
After Suresh Raina pulled out of the 13th edition of the cash rich league and returned to India due to some family issues, the southpaw had raised expectations by stating that he might be back in the UAE and join the team halfway through the tournament, and the CSK fans had also been hoping for the same, as Raina’s absence can be seen clearly felt on the field, after CSK lost two back-to-back games chasing a total.
However, the CSK on asked about the same recently, replied in dissentient, and now to make matters worse, Suresh Raina has decided to unfollow Chennai Super Kings on Twitter. Immediately after this happened, news started doing rounds that Raina had even unfollowed MS Dhoni, the CSK skipper and his dear friend. Although, it was found that Raina had not unfollowed MS Dhoni on the micro-blogging site, yet Suresh Raina’s decision to unfollow the franchise’s official Twitter handle has raised a number of questions among the fans. With many still hoping that Raina with return to the franchise in the next edition atleast, if not this season, but some of the developments that have been taking place off-late suggest otherwise.
Meanwhile, CSK have been really struggling in the top-order in Raina’s absence, as the top-order has failed consistently to provide them with a good start in all the three matches they have played so far in the tournament. As a result they have lost two consecutive games against the Rajasthan Royals and a young Delhi Capitals side, after winning their first match against the Mumbai Indians. In both the games that CSK lost, they failed to chase down targets, courtesy to some very slow starts from the top-order due to which the required run-rate kept climbing and eventually gets out of reach till the match reaches its ending stages. Even in the match they won against the Mumbai Indians, their top-order was a concern, but it was Ambati Rayudu who saw them home, and ever since has been struggling an injury.
Even the CSK skipper MS Dhoni mentioned that their batting is missing that momentum as he spoke in the post match interview after their loss to the Delhi Capitals.