On Friday, Chennai Super Kings were beaten comfortably by Delhi Capitals in Dubai, and with it the MS Dhoni-led side had their second loss in IPL 2020.
What’s been more disappointing for the CSK fans is the lack of intent in the Chennai batting line-up. Having chosen to bowl first in all their three encounters so far, in the last two matches, the team has looked completely outplayed from the very start of their innings.
Each time, the run rate has been allowed to shoot up, and then at the end everyone is waiting for a miracle to happen from MS Dhoni’s bat, and both times the skipper has failed.
Therefore it was not surprising that when Chennai Super Kings lost to Delhi Capitals on Friday, it was Suresh Raina who started to trend.
The CSK fans all over the world, have started to post on Twitter and other social media platform and ask for Suresh Raina to return.
Raina had cited ‘personal reasons’ to return to India
CSK vice-captain Suresh Raina had flown to the UAE along with the team in August, but returned home a week later citing ‘personal reasons’. A few days later, spinner Harbhajan Singh also opted out of IPL 2020 due to personal reasons.
It is clear that the CSK outfit is missing the experience of its two seasoned players. This is more so in the case of Raina, as he has been the mainstay of their batting line-up for several years now.
At 5368, Suresh Raina is the second-highest run scorer in the history of Indian Premier League, with only Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli ahead of him.
Prior to the start of IPL 2020, Suresh Raina had also expressed hope of making a return to the UAE for the tournament.
There had been some acrimony after Raina’s sudden departure from UAE earlier, and there were reports that the owners of CSK were not keen to have him come back again.
Later, Raina wished the CSK franchise just before their first match against Mumbai Indians – the only game that CSK have won so far.
“Wishing you all the success boys @ChennaiIPL. Unimaginable for me that I’m not there today, but all my wishes are with you. Sending you all the good vibes! Go get it! #WhistlePodu,” Suresh Raina said in a social media post.