A lot of speculation, a lot of hype, a lot of excitement. IPL 2020 is coming back. But wait, recently coronavirus hit the CSK contingent affecting support staff and Deepak Chahar who has already played for India. The latest news is Suresh Raina has pulled himself out of the IPL 2020.
Yes, you heard it right CSK’s leading run-scorer in the history of the competition has withdrawn himself from the upcoming season citing personal reasons.
CSK management announced on Twitter that:
“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.”
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Raina’s withdrawal is the second blow to CSK in as many days as they are already going without the services of their support staff and Deepak Chahar for at least a couple of weeks.
Now, it is understood that Suresh Raina has left IPL as his uncle was killed and aunt is in critical situation after a midnight attack in their house in Pathankot. The attack is believed to happen on August 19.
“It is being said that Asha Devi, sister of Raina’s father is fighting for her life in the hospital, while his uncle, identified as 58-year-old Ashok Kumar died in the attack. His cousins – 32-year-old Kaushal Kumar and 24-year-old Apin Kumar also sustained injuries in the attack. Deceased Ashok Kumar’s 80-year-old mother also sustained serious injuries in the attack,” the report said.
“Meanwhile, the police have paced their investigation after getting to know that the victims are the close relatives of Suresh Raina. A team of police and forensic experts have collected evidence from the spot. The police also took help from the dog squad to identify the attackers but failed to get any clue,” it added.
Since the start of IPL, Suresh Raina has been the top and key performer for Chennai Super Kings. He is the leading run-scorer for the team with 5,368 runs in 189 games. The left-hander is also the second-highest run-getter in the history of the game falling behind Virat Kohli by just 44 runs. He and Kohli often plays cat and mouse show in becoming the leading run-scorer.
Suresh Raina has recently announced his international retirement on 15th August alongside his Indian and CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who also announced his international retirement hours before him. The pair were expected to return together in yellow colors in Chennai jerseys as both the players had performed for India and Chennai for over a long time. Now, CSK has to go to this year’s IPL without the services of their most reliable batsmen.