Veteran Indian middle-order batsman Suresh Raina has confirmed that he will play in IPL 2021 and has cleared all the rumours regarding his retirement from the Indian Premier League.
Notably, the left-hander announced his retirement from international cricket on August 15 this year alongside former Indian skipper and one of his dearest friends, MS Dhoni.
The news has come as a massive boost for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) fans as Dhoni too, confirmed in the final game of IPL 2020 that he will continue playing in the cash-rich league despite his retirement from international cricket.
Suresh Raina Confirms Participation In IPL 2021
ON Wednesday, CSK fans were delighted as their ‘China Thala’, Suresh Raina stated that he will continue playing in the IPL and he will begin preparations for the coming edition in quick time. Speaking to Dainik Jagran, Raina announced that he will be leading Uttar Pradesh in the domestic tournament. Apart from that, the former India batsman also confirmed his participation in IPL 2021.
Raina and CSK had an infamous altercation prior to IPL 2020 as the veteran batsman decided to pull out of the tournament citing personal reasons. The decision didn’t go down too well with the management and hence a big question mark was placed on the veteran’s participation in the grand league.
Suresh Raina Has Been Mr. IPL
Suresh Raina is widely regarded as Mr. IPL in the famous league as he has been among one of the most consistent players in the history of the tournament. The China Thala has had a glorious career playing for CSK ever since the inception of the tournament back in 2008.
In the Indian Premier League, Raina has gone on to play 193 matches in the IPL and in these games, the veteran Indian batsman has scored 5368 runs at an average of 33.34 for the Men in Yellow. His void was clearly visible in IPL 2020 as Chennai Super Kings failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in their IPL history and finished on the last second position in the points table.