Suresh Raina will be back in Chennai Super Kings (CSK) colors in the IPL 2021 edition, given that he had missed the IPL 2020 edition in UAE for personal reasons, despite traveling with the team to the desert country.
Raina had returned from UAE and didn’t participate in the IPL 2020, in which CSK failed to qualify for the finals for the first time in their Indian Premier League (IPL) history and finished on the 6th spot in the points table. There were even rumors that Chennai Super Kings might part ways with Suresh Raina and release him ahead of the IPL 2021 auction.
“We’ll Name The Vice-Captain Closer To The Tournament,” Kasi Viswanathan, CSK’s CEO
As per reports to Cricbuzz, Suresh Raina, who had been the vice-captain of the CSK franchise since its inception and captain MS Dhoni’s go-to man in crisis, may lose his job as the deputy to some other player, as CSK CEO confirmed that they will name the vice-captain near the start of the IPL 2021 edition.
“We’ll name the vice-captain closer to the tournament,” Kasi Viswanathan, CSK’s CEO, told Cricbuzz, confirming that Raina has not been reappointed so far.
One of the leading contenders for the vice-captaincy post is all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja who has been with the franchise since 2012, when CSK bought him for a record price of Rs 9.72 crore (approx.). He was retained by the franchise ahead of the 2014 and 2018 mega-auctions. The senior all-rounder has 1253 runs and 96 wickets in 130 matches.
This might be a very important appointment for the Chennai Super Kings franchise, as the vice-captain, they nominate this season is expected to take over from MS Dhoni for the next edition of the IPL in 2022, given that it is widely expected that the 40-year-old former India captain might retire from competitive cricket after the IPL 2021 season.
CSK kick off their IPL 2021 campaign against Delhi Capitals, on April 10 and will play their first five matches in Mumbai and then will travel to Delhi for their next 4 matches. After that CSK will play 3 matches in Bengaluru and 2 in Kolkata to finish their lot of 14 matches.
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