Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris said that IPL 2020 might turn out to be challenging for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) without the services of Suresh Raina. Styris, a former CSK player, believes that Raina was a player of class and has been good for a long period of time and thus it will be challenging for them.
The former CSK players said that he could also bowl in the middle overs. However Styris showed faith in CSK management to solve the No.3 conundrum for the side. He also said that the leadership group of MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming will come up and plan something.
“Tough one, isn’t it. Player of that class, player who has been so good for so long who can suddenly find those runs. And even in the field, the odd over as well with the ball. It is going to be a big task. And I know the CSK squad is deep, they have got a lot of options at the top,” Scott Styris said on StarSports Connected
“But I also believe that as much as the pressure is now on finding that No.3, this is probably the most challenging time that I can recall for CSK and in particular the leadership of this group, Dhoni and Stephen Fleming. It is up to them now to bring the group together now that they have lost Raina and Harbhajan.”
Earlier, Suresh Raina cleared the air surrounding his departure from Chennai Super Kings (CSK) camp ahead of the IPL 2020. Raina rubbished the reports of his rift with anyone and said that he shares a ‘father and son’ relationship with CSK boss N Srinivasan. He also indicated that it was largely due to the attack on his family in Pathankot that made him take the decision.
Raina’s aunt and cousin were left with several injuries. His bua is critically injured and while his cousin passed away. He had asked the Punjab police to intervene in the matter. The former India cricketer has also cleared now that CSK and MS Dhoni are like family to him and it was a tough decision to make for him. He however cleared that he might return to join the CSK camp again.