N Srinivasan, the head of Chennai Super Kings, has clarified his statements regarding Suresh Raina’s exit from IPL 2020, adding that his statements were quoted out of context and that it was unfortunate that people were trying to put two and two together and drive a ‘wedge’.
Post Suresh Raina’s exit from the IPL, N Srinivasan was quoted as saying by Outlook India that the southpaw wasn’t happy with the room that was allotted to him, and that led to a ‘rift’ between him and MS Dhoni.
”These boys, they’re family. they’ve been family for over a decade now. when I said ‘cricketers are like prima donnas’, it wasn’t in a negative sense. a prima donna is the lead singer in an opera. similarly, cricketers are always at the forefront of an exercise like this,” Srinivasan clarified in an interview to Times of India.
‘The franchise will always stand by him’- N Srinivasan on Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina has been the poster boy of the Chennai Super Kings since the inception of the IPL. If Dhoni is the face of CSK, Raina has been its heartbeat.
Apart from being the franchise highest-run getter- 5368 runs from 189 innings- the southpaw is also the most-capped player for CSK- 193 matches, three more than MSD.
Srinivasan said that the franchise value Raina’s contributions over the years and it will continue to support him in such unprecedented times.
”Raina’s contribution to the CSK franchise has been phenomenal through the years. It is important to understand what Suresh is going through right now and give him space. The franchise will always stand by him and he has our complete support during these times of distress.” Srinivasan added.