Gautam Gambhir, Australia vs India 2018/19
Gautam Gambhir snubs reports of joining politics, Image Courtesy: Getty

Former Indian cricketer has weighed on the absence of Suresh Raina in the upcoming edition of IPL. Suresh Raina backed out of the 2020 season of the extravaganza, citing personal reasons as a justification of his departure. Gautam Gambhir feels that Raina’s absence would not only be missed by the batting line-up but also on the field.

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Suresh Raina, who is a veteran of 193 IPL fixtures, is also one of the most consistent batsmen in the tournament history. MS Dhoni’s deputy at the franchise is responsible for the yellow army lifting the trophy three times. With 5368 runs so far, the flamboyant left-handed batsman is the second-highest run-getter. Not only does Raina possess the ability to stabilise the innings but also slam the big shots when needed.

Suresh Raina | MS Dhoni |
Suresh Raina. Credit: BCCI

The 33-year old is also a brilliant fielder, taking some outstanding catches in history while even acknowledging the player’s efforts. Suresh Raina retired from international cricket more than a month ago along with former Indian captain MS Dhoni; however, declared his intention to continue playing franchise cricket. It is worth noting that the left-hander underwent a family tragedy of late, suffering the death of his uncle, having attacked by some goons.

Gautam Gambhir reckons Suresh Raina’s absence will affect CSK:

Gautam Gambhir, 2019 World Cup
Gautam Gambhir. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Gautam Gambhir opines that the three-time champions might face troubles, considering they do not have Suresh Raina at number three. He added that former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has not played competitive cricket since long; hence, one would want to know who opens with him and face the world-class bowlers.

There will be a challenge for Chennai Super Kings considering they do not have Suresh Raina batting at No. 3. Shane Watson has not played international cricket for a long time, so we would want to know who will open with him and how will these batsmen face these bowlers,” Gambhir said in the Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.

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