The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League [IPL] had its fair share of everything. It had damp squibs,; it had cliffhangers; it had some of the greatest fielding efforts one will ever see; it had Super-Overs; Lots of Super Overs. It also had its fair share of controversies.
The IPL is a highly competitive environment. With the best players of the planet locking horns against each other to win the ultimate prize, mistakes get amplified leading to tempers getting flared to pave way for a huge controversy.
So, without further ado, here’s a look at some of the most controversial moments from IPL 2020:
Suresh Raina’s pulls out from the IPL
The Chennai Super Kings endured a forgettable IPL 2020 campaign and the writing was pretty much on the wall even before the first ball of the season was delivered.
Raina, who has been the fulcrum of CSK’s batting-unit over the years, pulled out of the 13th edition after the contingent got plagued by a coronavirus.
As many as 13 members of CSK’s bio-bubble including two players in Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad got infected with Covid-19, post which the southpaw returned to India citing the negative effect on the mental health of staying in a bio-bubble and Covid threat after its proliferation in the camp.
The matter did not end here though. Soon N Srinivasan, the owner of the Chennai Super Kings, gave an interview where he lambasted Raina for throwing a tantrum on not getting a balcony in his room like captain MS Dhoni.
A huge controversy broke out on a possible rift between Raina and MS Dhoni following Srinivasan’s comments but the CSK owner made a U-turn the very next day, stating that his statement was taken out of context.
Raina too clarified that the reason behind him pulling out of the tournament was personal and that there was no rift between him, MSD, and the owners.
“It was a personal decision and I had to come back for my family. There was something that needed to be addressed immediately at the home front,” the left-hander said of his decision to leave the CSK camp in the UAE.
“CSK is my family too and Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) is most important to me and this was a tough decision but with the family back home, I had to come back for them. He is like a father figure for me and he’s always stood by me and is close to my heart, he treats me like his younger son and am sure a lot is taken out of context. He didn’t know the reason earlier and its all settled,” Raina had clarified
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