Chennai Super Kings star Suresh Raina withdrew from this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday and returned to India from the UAE for personal reasons. Raina’s unavailability is a big blow to the three-time champion whose preparations have already taken a hit after it was revealed that two players on the team had tested positive for COVID-19. In response to Raina’s unavailability, CSK all-rounder Shane Watson posted a video to Instagram wishing the former Indian player all the best and saying he would be missed.
“Thinking of you @ sureshraina3 – Be careful, buddy. This is a world we are in right now and we must do everything we can to stay safe and make sure @ iplt20 goes on for another season,” Watson wrote on Instagram .
“I woke up this morning to some very sad news that Suresh Raina is going back to India for personal reasons. My heart goes out to you Suresh, I hope you’re fine, mate. You will definitely be missed at CSK,” Watson said in the video.
Raina is the most limited player in IPL history with 193 appearances, followed by MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma who have played 190 and 188 games respectively.
In his video message, the former Australian all-rounder described Raina as the “heart of the team” and added that the entire CSK camp will certainly miss him.
You have been here since the beginning. You are the heart of the team and you will also be missed by the IPL tournament. You are such a star of the IPL, but the most important thing is your well-being and I hope you will too You’re going to be fine, ‘he added.
Aside from Raina’s unavailability, the MS Dhoni-led squad was hit again when another player from their camp tested positive for the corona virus on Saturday.
The BCCI also confirmed in its press release that a total of 13 members have tested positive, including two players.
It also mentioned that all affected personnel are asymptomatic and isolated from other team members and constantly monitored by the IPL medical team.
The 13th season of the IPL has been moved out of the country due to rising coronavirus cases in the country and will be held in the United Arab Emirates from September 19 to November 10.
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