When it comes to franchise cricket, especially the Indian Premier League (IPL), some players have built fantastic relationships with their respective teams by representing them over a long period of time. One player that comes to mind when we think the same way is certainly Suresh Raina and his long and emotional attachment to his ex-team Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Recently, in the IPL 2022 Mega auction, CSK said goodbye to him, which raised some eyebrows given his all-round contribution and leadership role in the team over the years. However, with age and capricious shape catching up with Raina, the love story with CSK finally came to an end.
However, CSK acknowledged and emphasized Raina’s influence on the team and the deep relationship, most recently with an emotional clip on Instagram. The caption read:
“Inside Out Since ’08! Anbuden Nandri Chinna Thala @sureshraina3!.”
The video features some special stats related to Raina’s bowling and batting.
In 205 games for CSK in the IPL, Raina scored 5,528 runs with a hundred and 39 fifties with a brilliant average of 32.51. He also claimed 25 wickets with an impressive T20 economy of 7.38.
But despite being one of the most influential players in IPL history, Raina went unsold as she was listed at a base price of Rs 2 crore in the recent mega auction. The southpaw had announced his international retirement on August 15, 2020, along with former Indian captain MS Dhoni.
Kasi Viswanath, CEO of CSK, spoke on YouTube about the franchise’s decision.
“Raina has been one of the most consistent players for CSK over the past 12 years. Of course it was very difficult for us not to have Raina, but at the same time you have to understand that the team composition depends on the form and the type of team that each team would like to have,” he said.
“So that’s one of the reasons we thought he might not fit in this team,” he added.
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