Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has confirmed the retention of former Indian player Suresh Raina, ahead of the IPL 2021 season. Raina couldn’t feature in the last season of the tournament due to personal reasons.
“Raina will definitely be a part of the CSK family. He is an integral member and there was never any doubt on him being retained. It was his personal call to return from UAE and the management was clear that his space needed to be respected. We expect him to fire on all cylinders this time around,” a source close to the franchise was quoted as saying by ANI.
While they have retained Raina, the CSK has left a question mark on the selection of Kedar Jadhav, Murali Vijay, and Piyush Chawala.
“As for Kedar, Piyush, and Vijay, we will have to see. It is a touch and go situation and a final call will be taken by the senior management before the final list is submitted to the BCCI today.”
The source also revealed that former senior Indian player, Harbhajan Singh, has been released ahead of the upcoming IPL 2021. Harbhajan Singh also confirmed the news through his Twitter handle on Wednesday morning. Dwayne Bravo and Faf du Plessis will don the CSK jersey this season as well.
“Harbhajan has been released as you are aware and Watson has retired. Apart from that, don`t see any big name missing out. Bravo and du Plessis will be with us,” the source pointed.
The franchises were given the deadline of Wednesday evening for completing their player retention process.
CSK had the least impressive season in last year’s IPL. For the first time, the team which made into the playoffs in almost every edition of the tournament finished in the bottom two spots in the IPL points table. The MS Dhoni-led team managed to win only six games out of 14 matches.
The franchise is looking to try out new strategies this season that works in their favor. As part of their strategy, they are also likely to retain the previous year’s match-winners with the likes of Ambati Rayudu, Shardul Thakur, and Ruturaj Gaikwad.