IPL 2020: Suresh Raina defends Chennai Super Kings owner and hints at a return
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Sep 02, 2020, 02:28 pm
Suresh Raina has revealed that his return to the Chennai Super Kings squad should not be ruled out after he came back to India due to personal reasons. During a chat with Cricbuzz, the star batsman stated that him returning home was solely based on a personal decision and also said there were no issues between him and the Chennai Super Kings management. "It was a personal decision and I had to come back for my family. There was something that needed to be addressed immediately on the home front. CSK is my family too and Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) is very important to me and this was a tough decision. There is no issue between CSK and me," Raina was quoted as saying.
Having announced his retirement from international cricket last month, Raina also said that he has been training in India for the upcoming thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and hinted a possible comeback to the Chennai Super Kings squad. He stated, "I've been training even while quarantining here. You never know you might see me in the camp there again."
Raina also spoke about the rumors regarding the alleged rift between him and CSK owner N. Srinivasan and that he was like a father figure to him whose words were taken out of context. The left-handed middle-order batsman clarified saying Mr Srinivasan was not aware of the real reason for him to return back to India ahead of the team's preparations for IPL 2020. "He is like a father figure to 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 of what he said was taken out of context. Ek baap apne bacche ko daant sakta hai (A father can scold his son)," Raina stated.
Speaking about the future, Raina expressed his desire to play for Chennai Super Kings for another four-five years. As for IPL 2020, CSK under captain MS Dhoni will look to come out with a bang, with the tournament scheduled to take place in three United Arab Emirates (UAE) venues - Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah - from September 19 to November 10.