Chennai Super Kings were dealt with two huge blows when their experienced duo of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh pulled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), days before the tournament started, citing personal reasons.
After CSK lost a few wickets quickly in the middle-order against Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday, the fans have already started missing Suresh Raina in CSK’s yellow. With Ambati Rayudu having hurt his hamstring just before that game, they hope that the left-hander comes to the UAE at some point in the tournament.
Suresh Raina, who has been CSK’s batting mainstay since the inception of IPL, has scored more than 350 runs in every season of the IPL. On 29 August, he announced that he will not be taking part in this year of the lucrative league.
This left CSK and its fans upset and heartbroken as coming in at No 3, he has won many games for his team and has been a dependable batsman. After which, stories about his rift with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and him being upset about the hotel room he was given, started surfacing, which he refuted when he finally opened about the decision, four days later.
On 2 September in an interview to Cricbuzz, he talked about the increasing COVID-19 scare and said that he had to return to his family when bio-bubble is not safe. Earlier, 13 members of CSK staff and a couple of players had tested positive for coronavirus.
But the netizens want to see Suresh Raina feature in this edition of the IPL as he hinted in that conversation that he might come back if situation improves.
Here are some of the reactions of the fans of Chennai Super Kings and Suresh Raina:
@ImRaina not expected this from raina everyone has family who have gone for ipl even if you really care bhai you are allowed to take your family in uae..I dont think that was issue please come back everyone will welcome you dont leave team in these condition fans are also family.— Subash Bohara (@SubashB21154080) September 24, 2020
Hi @ImRaina & @ChennaiIPL— Rahul Mathevan (@rahulmathevanms) September 24, 2020
You guys say we are like your family and you say that we are important for you. But you are ignoring us for long time by not answering if Raina (you) returning to IPL or not. Don't you think we deserve to know a status on that?@StarSportsIndia @IPL
500 days have passed that u enter into the field on the ground to play Annaa we are missing ur amezing play we are still waiting for ur presense in dream 11 IPL— South India RAINA Fan's (@raina_south) September 23, 2020
Our #Dream11IPL Also looking for Mr.IPL
please comeback Anna@ImRaina#ChennaiSuperKings #SureshRaina#ComeBackMripl pic.twitter.com/hNMnEMAoVK
@ImRaina come back soon Raina we all missing u in this ipl. We need to see u in the yellow jersey this year❤️— G D Vijay krishna (@GDVijaykrishna1) September 23, 2020
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