IPL 2020: Suresh Raina returns home, To remain unavailable for CSK for entire season
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Aug 29, 2020, 11:50 am
Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina has returned home due to personal reasons and will not be playing for the duration of the entire IPL 2020 season. The team's CEO KS Viswanathan confirmed in a statement. CSK's statement is as follows: "Suresh Raina has returned to India for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of the IPL season. Chennai Super Kings offers complete support to Suresh and his family during this time."
Suresh Raina has returned to India for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of the IPL season. Chennai Super Kings offers complete support to Suresh and his family during this time.
CEO— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) August 29, 2020
Suresh Raina had announced his retirement from international cricket on August 15, a few hours after former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni made the same announcement. Taking to his Instagram page, Raina said, "I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you India." He added saying, "It was nothing but lovely playing with you, @mahi7781. With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you, India. Jai Hind,".
The swashbuckling left-handed batsman played a crucial role in matches against Australia and Pakistan, leading India to lift the 2011 ICC World Cup for the second time after the 1983 World Cup win. His last ODI match was in July 2018 and had failed to enter the squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup. He has scored 5,615 runs in 226 ODIs at an average of 35.31, while also making 18 Test match appearances, while also playing in 78 T20Is. He incidentally also holds the distinction of being the second-highest run-getter in the history of the IPL, and is currently behind Virat Kohli. He has played 193 matches in the tournament, while scoring 5,368 runs at an average of 33.34.
Ever since the swashbuckling left-handed batsman announced his retirement from international cricket, fans were hoping to see him in action once again and alongside Dhoni. Raina had volunteered to promote cricket in Jammu and Kashmir after announcing his retirement. He stated he wanted to provide better opportunities for underprivileged children in the state. In a letter addressed to state DGP Dilbagh Singh, Raina said that he wants to give back to the game by doing what he can. He wrote, "I have etched a mark on the field of international cricket for 15 years, and thus I would like to make use of the knowledge and skills I learned over the years and pass it onto the next generation. My intention is to find out the talented youngsters from various parts of the state,". The superstar cricketer is a Kashmiri Pandit as his father Trilok Chand hails from Rainawari in the State of Jammu and Kashmir, while his mother is from Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh.