Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Viswanath has revealed the real reason behind not picking veteran batsman Suresh Raina at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction in Bengaluru.
Former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsman Suresh Raina remained unsold on both days of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega. He had set INR 2 crore as his base price and no team showed interest in bringing the Indian Premier League veteran to their squad.
In a video shared by Chennai Super Kings on their YouTube channel on Monday, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanath said that Raina has been consistently performing for CSK over the years and not having him was “very difficult”. He added that they didn’t acquire Raina at the Indian Premier League 2022 mega auction keeping in mind the team’s composition. He said:
“Raina has been one of the most consistent performers for CSK for the last 12 years. Of course, it was very difficult for us, no to have Raina but at the same time you should also understand that the team composition depends on the form and kind of team which any team would like to have so that’s one of the reasons why we thought he may not fit into this team.”
We will miss Suresh Raina, we will miss Faf du Plessis – CSK CEO
Kasi Viswanath also said that the team will definitely miss the services of Raina and Faf du Plessis. He said:
“We will miss him, we will miss Faf who has been with us for the last decade that’s the process and dynamics of the auction.”
Chennai Super Kings bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji, who was also present in the same video, said it is the time for the transforming phase and he opined that the youngsters will fill in the shoes and become the next superstars from Chennai Super Kings.
“Yes like Kasi Sir said it is time to be a transforming phase and I am sure a couple of youngsters will fill in the shoes who will get opportunities and will definitely become the next superstar from this set-up. So yeah I wish everyone good luck and all the best for the season.”
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