Contrary to the speculations, Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Viswanathan has stated Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina are ‘vital cogs’ in the team despite pulling out of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in UAE.
Several reports have suggested that both the senior players’ career with CSK has come to an end following their decision to pull out of the competition just days before it had started. Suresh Raina was the first to take the decision. The southpaw was looking set to play the competition after accompanying the team to the UAE.
He was also a part of the pre-season camp that took place in Chennai before the side’s departure to UAE. But to everyone’s surprise, the former India international decided to return to India citing personal reasons. In the wake of his decision, several reports suggested that not all was well between him and MS Dhoni.
Just few days later, Harbhajan Singh also decided the same, citing personal reasons. Unlike Suresh Raina, the veteran spinner had not traveled to UAE and was expected to join the team. CSK have definitely missed the two as they are currently languishing at the bottom of the points table with just three wins from 10 games.
But despite the recent turn of events, Viswanathan has insisted the duo continues to be a vital part of the team while also admitting that they were missed.
“Undoubtedly Raina and Harbhajan are both vital cogs in the CSK unit and they were missed. But you have to respect personal decisions and that is how we function irrespective of whether it is a senior or junior player,” the CSK CEO told ANI.
CSK are looking set to exit the tournament at the league stage for the first time in their history. Even if they go on to win their remaining four games, they will have to depend on other results to make it to the playoffs.
But winning the four games is looking impossible at the moment considering their form as well as the recent injury setback they have suffered. Their star allrounder Dwayne Bravo has been ruled out of the remainder of the competition too.