End of street for Suresh Raina in CSK?

New Delhi, August 31

His exit from the IPL attributed to non-public causes this season, all-rounder Suresh Raina’s stint with Chennai Super Kings appears in jeopardy even subsequent 12 months because the franchise may half methods with him earlier than the 2021 version.

The CSK camp primarily based in Dubai reported 13 COVID-19 instances, together with two primary squad members Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad, a improvement which an IPL supply mentioned, performed a job within the recently-retired India participant’s exit from the occasion beginning September 19.

However, it has now emerged that the workforce administration was not significantly proud of the 33-year-old’s “conduct” in the course of the quarantine time, one thing which infuriated CSK proprietor and former BCCI president N Srinivasan.

“In CSK, the norm is that the coach, captain and the manager get suites. However, Raina also gets a suite in any hotel that the franchise stays. It’s just that his room didn’t have a balcony,” an IPL supply instructed PTI.

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“It was an issue but I don’t think big enough to warrant a comeback (to India). There could be something more than just the scare of rising COVID-caseload in Chennai,” the supply added, alluding to a speculated breach of the bio-bubble by Raina.

He mentioned given the scenario, Raina may effectively be gone for good now, not just for this season, but in addition the following IPL scheduled in April, 2021. Chennai’s favorite ‘Chinna Thala’ might not put on the Canary yellow once more.

Is there a risk of Raina coming again this season, thereby altering the circumstances?

“He is unavailable this season and that is clear from the official statement issued by the CSK. Now there are certain things that have not gone down too well with the top people,” the supply mentioned.

“It looks highly improbable that someone who has retired and likely won’t play any cricket will come back for CSK. Maybe, he will be back in auction and someone else might pick him.”    

CSK is punting closely on younger Ruturaj, anticipating that he’ll come good as soon as he completes the quarantine and rejoins the coaching session after two destructive exams.

“CSK has not yet asked for an official replacement for Raina…they are undecided,” the IPL supply added.

On the speculated bio-bubble breach, the supply mentioned an apology from Raina would have little impression provided that the workforce was wanting forward.

“I don’t know about the apology part but CSK will now be eyeing to prepare Ruturaj looking at the future and Dhoni and Fleming will rejig their strategy accordingly,” the supply added.

Raina is CSK’s highest run-getter with 4,527 runs from 164 IPL video games. The Uttar Pradesh left-hander can be the second highest scorer in IPL historical past with 5,368 runs, second solely to Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s 5,412 runs. PTI

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