Suresh Raina has 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.
“It was a personal decision and I had to come back for my family. There was something that needed to be addressed immediately on the home front. CSK is my family too and Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) is very important to me and this was a tough decision.
“There is no issue between CSK and me. Nobody will just turn their back on Rs 12.5 crore and walk away without a solid reason. I might have retired from international cricket but I’m still young and I am looking forward to playing for them in the IPL for the next 4-5 years.
“I’ve been training even while quarantining here. You never know you might see me in the camp there again,” Suresh Raina told Cricbuzz.
Suresh Raina reacts to CSK members testing positive for Covid-19
CSK memebers including fast bowler Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad tested positive for Covid-19. The have however well in time but will continue to remain in quarantine till September 12. Raina said that it is heartbreaking to learn about the development as it is a very deadly disease.
“It was heart-breaking of course. This is a very deadly disease and even after so many precautions if staff gets infected it just says how bad it can be and it can happen to anyone. I hope everyone gets well soon,” he said.
Raina retired with an average of 25 in Tests, 35 in ODIs and nearly 30 in the shortest format of the game.