Suresh Raina decided to opt-out of the IPL 2020 in UAE. This news shook all of us, it had heads turning. Initially, it was said to be a personal matter behind his decision. Later, a report in Outlook implied that there was a rift between him and MS Dhoni.
N Srinivasan, chief of India Cements which owns CSK, has said the team will get over the episode, while saying ‘success gets into your heads’.
The murder of a relative by robbers in the wee hours of August 20 in Pathankot has been cited as the “personal” reason for Raina’s exit, but that may not be entirely true.
An article in Outlook on Sunday stated that Raina was unhappy with the hotel room he was given. Raina is said to have found the rules of the bio-bubble claustrophobic and wanted a room with a balcony like the captain.
According to the report, Srinivasan said Raina’s sudden exit left the team in a bit of shock but captain Dhoni “was in complete control of the situation.”
“Cricketers are like prima donnas … like the temperamental actors of the olden days. Chennai Super Kings have always been like a family and all seniors players have learnt to co-exist,” said Srinivasan.
Srinivasan said that the team was trying to get over the Raina and added that MS Dhoni is not concerned about the situation at all.
“My thinking is that if you are reluctant or not happy, go back. I don’t force anyone to do anything … sometimes success gets into your head,” Srinivasan said.
“I spoke to Dhoni and he has assured me that even if the numbers go up, there was nothing to worry. He spoke to the players through a zoom call and asked them to remain safe. You really don’t know who is a passive carrier,” Srinivasan said.
According to Srinivasan, Raina will want to come back before the season eventually begins.
“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,” the CSK chief said.