Suresh Raina left Dubai citing personal reasons. While the CSK franchise was already dealing with the COVID-19 threats, Raina’s decision came as a shock. But what appeared to be more shocking was the IPL source’s quotes to the news agency PTI.
Raina’s exit from CSK
According to an IPL source’s version to PTI, the room that Suresh Raina got during quarantine did not have any balcony. While a lot of media reports suggest this could be a reason of his exit. The source insisted that there has to be more than just this. “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.”
He added, “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.” Raina’s availability did not go well with top people as well as the franchise owner and former BCCI president N Srinivasan. The source said, “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.”
Will Chinna Thala come back?
Will Chennai’s favourite ‘Chinna Thala’ come back to his favourite IPL team again? The source opined, “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 the auction and someone else might pick him.” He added,”CSK has not yet asked for an official replacement for Raina…they are undecided.”
Since a lot is being spoken about the bio-bubble breach by the veteran Suresh Raina, the source was asked about the possible apology. “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 source added.