The mega-auction for the IPL 2022 has got over a couple of days ago but it is still one of the most discussed topics among cricket lovers, while some are talking about the huge amount spent on buying the young cricketers, there are many who are not able to believe that big names like Suresh Raina, Shakib-al-Hasan, Steve Smith, etc. went unsold.
The former Indian cricketers such as Sunil Gavaskar and Irfan Pathan were also left confused as to why Suresh Raina was not bought by any franchise. Raina who was also known as Mr. IPL is one of the most prolific cricketers of the IPL as he was the fourth highest run-getter after Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. Suresh Raina was associated with Chennai Super Kings for the last 12 years and he played an important role in 3 IPL wins of CSK, so many cricket fans were expecting that the Chennai franchise will definitely buy him back, especially when they bought back some of their former players such as Robin Uthappa, Dwayne Bravo, Ambati Rayudu, etc.
Though Suresh Raina didn’t have a fruitful IPL season in 2021, we just can’t deny the fact that Raina could have been an asset for the team considering the fact that he is a useful spinner and a good fielder along with being a destructive batsman.
The former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan took to the micro-blogging site Twitter for expressing his bewilderment as he tweeted, “Still think Raina could have been pushed. We have seen some foreign players who have played IPL till 40.Raina is 35! One bad season. #MrIPL”
Still think Raina could have been pushed. We have seen some foreign players who have played IPL till 40.Raina is 35! One bad season. #MrIPL
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) February 14, 2022
Many cricket fans and CSK fans are slamming the Chennai franchise and the skipper MS Dhoni for not buying back Suresh Raina who was their highest run getter and played an important role in making the franchise the second most successful IPL team with four title wins. However through its official Twitter handle, CSK paid a tribute to Suresh Raina who is famous as Chinna Thala among CSK fans and thanked him for the beautiful yellove memories.
Super Thanks for all the Yellove memories, Chinna Thala!🥺
— Chennai Super Kings – Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) February 13, 2022
Twitterati is also divided in regard to CSK not buying back Suresh Raina as some online users state that in the last season, Raina was completely out of form and he has not played any other form of cricket for a long time now. In response to this, fans of Suresh Raina say that even Dhoni has not played any other form of cricket after his retirement.
What is your take in this regard? Do let us know.