CSK on Monday paid a heartfelt tribute to their ‘Chinna Thala’, a.k.a, Suresh Raina after parting ways with the veteran Indian cricketer ahead of the 15th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Raina, who had listed his base price as INR 2 crore, went unsold at the IPL mega auction. He garnered no interest when his name was called out early on day 1 and wasn’t recalled by any of the franchises for the accelerated session of the auction.
“I remember I tried to play proper cricket. Somewhere I went wrong. I realized this mistake,” CSK captioned the video which they shared on Instagram capturing moments from his stay at the franchise since the inaugural season in 2008 while highlighting some of his key achievements with the team.
Raina has racked up 4687 runs in 205 matches for the Chennai franchise, which is more than the combined total of Ravindra Jadeja, Muttiah Muralitharan, Faf du Plessis, and R Ashwin. Given that Raina has been a middle-order batsman for the most part of his career until recently, we’re very impressed by his numbers.
It is a common practice followed by IPL teams but none, not even CSK went ahead placing a bid for the player. Franchise CEO Kasi Viswanath later explained that despite Raina being a consistent performer for CSK, the form of the player and team composition come into play when forming a team.
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“Raina has been one of the most consistent performers for CSK for the last 12 years. Of course, it was very difficult for us,” “ but at the same time, you should also understand that the team composition depends on the form and kind of team which any team would like to have so that’s one of the reasons why we thought he may not fit into this team,” added Kasi.