If not for the sudden spike of COVID-19 cases in the contingency, Chennai Super Kings is all over the headlines today regarding franchise owner N Srinivasan’s controversial comments towards Suresh Raina, the vice captain who recently decided to pull out of IPL 2020 and returned back to India. Now, Srinivasan has claimed that his remarks were misunderstood, and CSK is supportive towards Raina’s decision.
On 29th August, Suresh Raina made a shock move by deciding to pull out from IPL 2020, and flew back to India from UAE, as the club cited the reason being ‘personal’. Following Raina’s exit from the tournament, CSK owner N Srinivasan stated that ‘success has gone into his head’, and the veteran batsman will regret his choice.
“The season has not begun yet and Raina will certainly realise what he is missing and certainly all the money he is going to lose,” Srinivasan said earlier.
However, the comments created a huge uproar in the CSK fanbase, and Srinivasan faced massive reprimand from netizens all over social media. Now, the former BCCI president has claimed that his comments were ‘taken out of context’
He has our complete support: CSK owner N Srinivasan on Suresh Raina
“His (Raina’s) contribution to the CSK franchise has been phenomenal through the years,” Srinivasan spoke to Times of India on Monday.
Raina has been a crucial member for CSK, and has played for the three time champions in in all of the previous IPL editions. The 33 year old is also the highest run scorer for the franchise, scoring 5,368 runs.
Srinivasan continued, “It is important to understand what Suresh is going through right now and give him space.”
Although Raina did not speak up about the reason behind his exit from IPL, speculations were going on as either the sudden COVID cases in the team or the recent attack on his relatives in Pathankot being the reason. Nonetheless, Srinivasan claims Raina has the full support from CSK.
“The franchise will always stand by him and he has our complete support during these times of distress,” the 75 year old added.
Earlier terming players as ‘prima donnas’, Srinivasan made himself clear that his intentions weren’t derogatory.
“These boys, they’re family. They’ve been family for over a decade now. When I said ‘cricketers are like prima donnas’, it wasn’t in a negative sense,” he went on, “A prima donna is the lead singer in an opera. Similarly, cricketers are always at the forefront of an exercise like this.”