Raina made the number three slot his own in the CSK lineup.
On Saturday, Raina mysteriously pulled out of the tournament and returned home.
On 15th August, Suresh Raina fans received a major disappointment as he announced his retirement from international cricket.
Fans would have been heartened to see the champion batsman in full-flow during the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
However, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), over the weekend, received a significant blow to their campaign with the departure of Raina.
There has been a lot of mystery surrounding Raina’s abrupt exit from the tournament. On Sunday, CSK owner N Srinivasan came up with a surprising statement regarding Raina’s ‘Prima Donna’ attitude.
Moreover, Srinivasan ensured that CSK captain MS Dhoni is not perturbed with Raina’s pulling out of the tournament.
Now, former Indian leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan has named the replacement of Raina for the upcoming tournament.
“In T20s, most teams employ leg-spinners to trouble the right-handers. But then, a left-hander could negotiate with leggies easily. So the loss of such an established batsman like Raina would hurt CSK,” Sivaramakrishnan told the Times of India.
“But they have a utility player in Curran and could send the southpaw up the order. He can bat at No. 3 and give CSK those useful runs,” he added.
After a decent stint with Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), the CSK franchise managed to bag the services of Sam Curran at a whopping price of INR 5.5 crores.
“Over the years, we have also seen Dhoni preferring left-arm pacers. Curran can come in handy since he can swing the ball in the air and is a very enthusiastic fielder,” the cricket-turned-commentator concluded.
Curran, for KXIP, went on to pick ten wickets and scored 95 runs, with the highest score of 55*. He also clinched a hat-trick during one of his outings for the Preity Zinta co-owned franchise.
Earlier, CSK players – Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaekwad – were diagnosed as coronavirus positive.
As a result, the quarantine period of CSK has now been extended until 6th September.