Chennai Super Kings’ sojourn in UAE has started on perhaps the worst possible note. Nearly a dozen members including two players in their contingent have tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus. As a result, the entire squad is now in isolation and would be allowed to start training later.
And as if that was not enough, their batting mainstay and all-time leading run-scorer Suresh Raina has also pulled out of the competition citing personal reasons. He has already left UAE and will take no part in the upcoming tournament, thus dealing a huge blow to the franchise.
With Suresh Raina out of the tournament, it would not be wrong to say that IPL 2020 has already lost some of its shine. The southpaw, who announced his retirement from international cricket earlier this month, has been one of the biggest names in IPL since the inaugural season. He enjoys a massive fan following, especially in Tamil Nadu and is fondly called ‘Chinna Thala’ by the Super Kings fans.
Shane Watson’s message for Suresh Raina:
Super Kings’ allrounder Shane Watson was left heartbroken after getting the news of Suresh Raina’s departure and posted a heartfelt message for his IPL teammate. The former Australia international took to Instagram to post a video in which he said Raina, the star of IPL and heart of the team, will be “surely missed”.
“I woke up this morning to a really sad news that Suresh Raina is heading back to India for personal reasons. My heart goes out to you Suresh, I hope you are going okay mate. You are gonna be surely missed at CSK.
“You have been here since the start. You are the heart of the team and you are also gonna be missed by IPL tournament as well. You are such a star of the IPL but most important is your well-being and I hope you are gonna be okay,” Shane Watson said.
Meanwhile, IPL 2020 is scheduled to start on September 19 while the final is scheduled to take place on November 10. Chennai Super Kings will be the favourites again as they will be eyeing a record-equalling fourth IPL title