Suresh Raina, former Indian middle-order batsman, wrote a special message for his Indian Premier League franchise, Chennai Super Kings, ahead of their tournament opener against the defending champions, Mumbai Indians, on Saturday.
Reacting to a tweet from the official account of the Chennai Super Kings, Raina extended his good wishes to the MS Dhoni-led unit, while also admitting that it is ‘unimaginable’ for him to not be with the side today.
“Wishing you all the success boys @ChennaiIPL. Unimaginable for me that I’m not there today, but all my wishes are with you. Sending you all the good vibes! Go get it! #WhistlePodu,” Suresh Raina said in a social media post on Saturday.
Wishing you all the success boys @ChennaiIPL. Unimaginable for me that I’m not there today, but all my wishes are with you. Sending you all the good vibes! Go get it! ? #WhistlePodu https://t.co/G48ybhcbYR
— Suresh Raina?? (@ImRaina) September 19, 2020
IPL 2020 will miss the shenanigans of CSK’s Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina has been the heartbeat of the Chennai Super Kings alongside skipper and best friend MS Dhoni since the inception of the IPL. The southpaw is the leading run-scorer as well as the most capped CSK player and his absence is something that will be hugely felt not only by the franchise but fans in general, who has got accustomed to seeing their very own ‘Chinna Thala’ in action during the course of the last 12 years.
Raina, of course, pulled out of the 13th season of the cash-rich league due to ‘personal reasons’. Later it emerged that the southpaw’s family was attacked by a robber gang in Pathankot, which led to the demise of his uncle and his cousin while his aunt still remains in a critical state in the hospital.