Suresh Raina’s absence from the IPL. It would be a major concern for three-time champions Chennai Super Kings. Both Raina and senior CSK spinner Harbhajan Singh have pulled out of IPL due to personal reasons.
His absence is a major concern this time. He is the top 5 run-getters in IPL. He is a left-hander and plays spin very well . The weakness for CSK could be that majority of their players are right-handed.
The team needs a like for like replacement for left-handed Raina.
“They need some left-handers or they could get stuck and particularly if they are playing to leg-spinners and the ball is going away. So, whether to go with Sam Curran or Jadeja and Bravo or Tahir.
“Watson and Dhoni haven’t batted for long. Raina and Harbhajan have gone home as well so it is up to Fleming and Dhoni, how they gel the team together,” he added.
All eyes will be on Dhoni, who comes into the IPL having retired from international cricket last month.
He has not played a competitive game since India’s World cup semifinal loss to New Zealand in July last year.
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