Suresh Raina went unsold at the IPL 2022 mega auction. He did not find a bidder on both days of the IPL auction. Even Chennai Super Kings, the team for whom he played 12 of the 14 seasons did not look interested in buying him. Raina going unsold was one of the talking points of the mega auction given his stellar record in the tournament.
Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar while talking to Sports Tak tried to decode the reason behind the franchises not bidding for Suresh Raina. That he no longer plays domestic cricket and his poor record in the last two IPL seasons might have forced franchises to think otherwise thought Gavaskar.
“For Raina I was definitely surprised. He is left-handed, does off-spin bowling, and is experienced. In the last season, in the Dubai pitches, where there is a lot of bounce, he did look a little scared and this why I feel people must have felt that even in India we will have fast bowlers and so may be he wasn’t picked for that reason. But only the franchises could tell us why they had this feeling about him,” Gavaskar said on Sports Tak.
CSK CEO Kasi Viswanath also said that Raina did not fit the team’s combination for the upcoming season which is they did not big for him in the mega auction.
Suresh Raina Did Not Fit Into The Team Combination: CSK CEO Kasi Viswanath
“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 which any team would like to have so that’s one of the reasons why we thought he may not fit into this team,” Viswanath said in a video shared by CSK on their YouTube channel.
In the 12 seasons that Suresh Raina played CSK, he scored 4687 runs in 176 games with one hundred and 33 fifties to his name. Overall, the southpaw scored 5528 runs in the IPL at 32.51, including a hundred and 39 half-centuries.