Suresh Raina, popularly known as ‘China Thala’ and Mr. IPL by CSK fans, has been a part of the Chennai Super Kings since the inaugural season of the IPL in 2008. Raina has played a key role in CSK’s unprecedented success. He is the second-highest run-scorer in IPL in the tournament with 5368 in 193 matches. He is only behind RCB captain Virat Kohli, who has 5878 runs in 192 matches.
However, before the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League, Suresh Raina withdrew from the tournament citing personal reasons. Since then, speculations are being made about the rift between Raina and the team from all over the media. There were even reports that Raina had a quarrel with the team management over the allocation of hotel rooms in Dubai.
Meanwhile, amid speculation that Raina may play for CSK again, a team official has confirmed that Suresh Raina will definitely be a part of the team in the next edition of the Indian Premier League. According to the Mumbai Mirror, the team is hoping to be with Raina after Raina’s humiliating defeat in IPL 2020. The officer said,
“The team has no plans to participate in the next season without Raina (IPL 2021).“
Recently, Suresh Raina was in the news for the wrong reasons as he was arrested along with other celebrities in Mumbai for violating COVID-19 rules. However, he was later released on bail. Later, Raina issued a statement that he was not aware of the guidelines issued by the Maharashtra government as he was there for a shoot. Responding to this news The CSK official said,
“We have only read about the arrest. Our plans have nothing to do with that development. He will stay with us. “