Chennai Super Kings batsman Kedar Jadhav has seemingly taken a dig at his IPL teammate Suresh Raina after the latter left the team to return to India ahead of the upcoming season. The left-handed batsman dealt a big blow to the franchise last week by deciding against playing in the IPL this year citing personal reasons.
As soon as Chennai Super Kings announced the news, speculations started about what made Raina leave the team. Several reports suggested that he was concerned after several members of the contingent tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus. However, franchise owner and former BCCI president N Srinivasan recently suggested otherwise.
There were reports of rift between Raina and MS Dhoni and Srinivasan pretty much confirmed it. Raina was reportedly unhappy with the hotel room he was given. The veteran all-rounder was finding the stiff protocols of the bio-bubble claustrophobic and wanted a similar room that captain MS Dhoni had been provided.
“Cricketers are like prima donnas … like the temperamental actors of the olden days. Chennai Super Kings have always been like a family and all seniors players have learnt to co-exist,” Srinivasan told Outlook.
“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,” he added.
A dig at Suresh Raina?
Hours after Srinivasan made the comments in public, Kedar Jadhav took to Twitter to post a cryptic tweet. In a tweet that very well describes the recent incident regarding Raina’s unceremonious departure, Kedar Jadhav wrote:
“On the path of excellence – you find 1000 excuses to let go, but only 1 reason to hold on. The choice is YOURS !”
On the path of excellence – you find 1000 excuses to let go, but only 1 reason to hold on.
The choice is YOURS ! pic.twitter.com/PLx4iyem0A
— IamKedar (@JadhavKedar) August 29, 2020
Missing Raina will be a mighty blow for the three-time IPL champions. He is Super Kings’ all-time leading run-getter, aggregating 4527 runs from 164 IPL games for the franchise. Suresh Raina is also the second-highest scorer in IPL history with 5368 runs, only behind Virat Kohli’s tally of 5412.
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