The start of #Dream11 IPL 2020 is not proving to be a good one for both CSK and Suresh Raina. After two below par performances, chasing the target, from Chennai Super Kings, fans were demanding and expecting ‘Chinna Thala’ aka Suresh Raina to make a mid-season comeback in the IPL.
Last month, Chennai Super Kings suffered a huge blow when two of its seasoned campaigners Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh pulled out of IPL 2020 citing personal reasons. After spending a week in UAE, ‘Chinna Thala’ returned India citing personal reasons.
However, contrary to the earlier reports, it felt like Raina was unhappy with the team management before he left the team. There were also reports of a rift between him and captain MS Dhoni.
Moreover, the comments from CSK Owner N Srinivasan had also indicated that all was not well inside the team. ‘‘He (Suresh Raina) got the limelight over his head and trying to make a fuss,” had commented Srinivasan on Raina leaving the team.
“The season has not begun yet and Raina will certainly realise what he is missing and certainly all the money he is going to lose,” he had added. “My thinking is that if you are reluctant or not happy, go back. I don’t force anyone to do anything … sometimes success gets into your head.”
But it seems like, Suresh Raina days with CSK are all but over. Yesterday, the 33-year old dropped a big hint on Social Media. After having left, reportedly, CSK’s Whatsapp group already, CSK unfollowed Suresh Raina on twitter yesterday.
To escalate the rumours, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan, on the same day, also ruled out any mid-season return of Suresh Raina in UAE. “We cannot look at Raina because he made himself unavailable, and we respect his decision and his space. We are not thinking about it,” Viswanathan told ANI.
Raina has been instrumental to Chennai Super Kings’ success ever since their inaugural edition in 2008. The Southpaw has been the back bone of Chennai Super Kings batting ever since his debut for the franchise. He has been the batting main stay for the franchise at No. 3 position.