No regrets: Chennai Super Kings’ Suresh Raina opens up on his decision to pull out of IPL 2020

Suresh Raina had skipper IPL 2020. Photo: BCCI

Suresh Raina had skipped IPL 2020. Photo: BCCI&nbsp

Key Highlights

  • Suresh Raina had pulled out of IPL 2020 after 13 personnel in the CSK camp tested positive for COVID-19
  • He had joined the team’s camp in Chennai and also travelled to UAE
  • Two months after the end of the league, Raina has opened up on his decision to pull out

Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) vice-captain Suresh Raina was all geared up for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 and had joined the team’s camp a month before the start of the league. He had also flown to UAE but returned home after 13 COVID-19 positive cases in the CSK camp.

Raina’s decision didn’t impress N Srinivasan, the owner of Chennai Super Kings. The veteran administrator had made some bold comments back then and called cricketers ‘prima donnas’.

“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. Cricketers are like prima donnas … like the temperamental actors of the olden days. Chennai Super Kings have always been like a family and all senior players have learned to co-exist,” he had told Outlook.

For the first time since then, Raina has opened up on his decision to return home. In a conversation with The Times of India, the former India stand-in captain has said that he doesn’t have any regrets and that coming home was a wise decision.

“Why would there be any regret. I spent time with my kids and was there for my family,” he said. “I really wanted to come back to my family. There was an incident in Punjab and they needed me (his uncle and cousins in Pathankot were murdered during a robbery). My wife needed me here, too, during the pandemic. I have been playing for 20 years so I know I will do it again. But when your family needs you, you have to be there. I felt that was the wise thing to do at that time.”

There were also reports that Raina was unhappy with his room and wanted a room with a balcony. But these reports were never confirmed by the officials.

With 4527 runs at 33.28, Raina is CSK’s highest run-scorer in IPL. There is no official word regarding his comeback for CSK in IPL 2021 but a Mumbai Mirror’s report had recently suggested that he will remain a part of the Yellow Army.

Raina was CSK’s vice-captain as well but it still isn’t known whether he still holds that post. A clear word regarding Raina’s future with CSK will be out once the BCCI announces the last date to release players ahead of IPL 2021 auction.

Before IPL 2021, Raina will be making his return to competitive cricket as he will represent Uttar Pradesh in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He hasn’t played competitive cricket since the final of IPL 2019.


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