Chennai Super Kings’ vice-captain Suresh Raina’s decision to pull out from IPL 2020 sparked a massive uproar. Suresh Raina had all geared up to participate in the cash-rich league’s edition of 2020 and flown to the UAE; however, returned home after 13 COVID-19 positive cases in the camp. And the veteran cricketer has no regrets about opting out.
Suresh Raina has arguably been the heart of Chennai Super Kings’ batting line-up ever since the inception of IPL. The 34-year old has been part of the yellow army’s squad in their all three title victories, smashing 5368 runs in 193 matches at 33.34 while maintaining a strike rate of 137.15. Raina is also a terrific fielder, capable of taking brilliant catches and effecting run-outs out of nowhere.
The decision of Suresh Raina pulling out did not go well with N Srinivasan, the owner of Chennai Super Kings. Srinivasan had boldly accused cricketers of being prima donnas. It had also affected the team in 2020 as the 13th season became the first one when the yellow army did not make it to the semi-finals. For the best part of the tournament, Chennai’s batting line-up struggled for the right tempo and finished at the seventh spot.
I felt that was the wise thing to do at that time: Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina claimed that there were no regrets as he chose to spend time with his family, keeping in mind that a family tragedy had occurred at that time. It is worth noting that Raina’s uncle and cousins were murdered during a robbery in Pathankot at that time. The southpaw further said that his wife needed him during the pandemic and did not regret putting his family first. Hence, it was a wise thing to do at that moment.
“Why would there be any regret. I spent time with my kids and was there for my family. 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,” Raina told Times of India.