Amid a lot of curiosity around why CSK did not bid for its veteran star Suresh Raina, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CEO Kasi Viswanath on Monday clarified that they did not go for Raina as he may not be well suited in the current team’s composition. He also stresses what kind of importance Raina carried in the team and moving forward without him would not be an easy choice for CSK.
Notably, Raina is the 4th highest run-getter in the history of IPL with a total of 5528 runs in 205 matches. He was a part of the CSK for 11 years and scored 4687 runs for the franchise, making him the top-scorer for the team CSK., when CSK faced a two-year exile for the 2016 and 2017 editions of the IPL, Raina was temporarily a part of Gujrat Lions. After the return of CSK, he was one of the three players retained by the Chennai franchise.
However, Raina’s IPL career came to a halt after he remained unsold in the IPL 2022 Mega Auction held in Bangalore on February 12 and 13. It was for the first time in the history of the IPL when no team offered a bid for “Mr. IPL.” He had a base price of ₹2 cr. and CSK did not bid for him on Day 1 of the Mega Auction. Furthermore, Raina was not part of the list of players for the final accelerated round on Day 2 of the bidding process.
CSK on their Youtube channel on Monday shared a video where CEO Kasi remarked, “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 that any team would like to have so that’s one of the reasons why we thought he may not fit into this team.”
He also admitted that CSK will miss both Raina and Faf du Plessis, who were picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore. “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,” he added.
Notably, it will be the 2nd time for Raina when he will miss an IPL season. He opted out of the IPL 2020 due to personal reasons. He returned in the IPL 2021 but only for an average performance of 160 runs in 12 matches.
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