Dubai, September 16
Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones reckons Suresh Raina’s absence from the IPL could be a significant concern for three-time champions Chennai Super Kings, who open their marketing campaign in opposition to holders Mumbai Indians on September 19.
Both Raina and senior CSK spinner Harbhajan Singh have pulled out of IPL attributable to private causes.
“Raina’s absence is a major concern this time and he is in the top 5 run getters in IPL. He is a left hander and plays spin very well and the weakness for CSK could be that majority of their players are right handed,” Jones instructed Star Sports.
Jones feels the crew wants a like for like substitute for left-handed Raina.
“They want some left handers or they may get caught and notably, if they’re enjoying to leg-spinners and the ball goes away. So, whether or not to go together with Sam Curran or Jadeja and Bravo or Tahir.
“Watson and Dhoni haven’t batted for long. Raina and Harbhajan have gone home as well, so it is up to Fleming and Dhoni, how they gel the team together,” he added.
All eyes can be on Dhoni, who comes into the IPL having retired from worldwide cricket final month.
He has not performed a aggressive sport since India’s Word cup semifinal loss to New Zealand in July final yr. PTI