Suresh Raina Breaks Silence On Chennai Super Kings Releasing Him Before IPL 2022 Auction, Says....

Suresh Raina has broken his silence on Chennai Super Kings releasing him before the IPL 2022 mega-auction. Surprisingly, they did not bid for him in the auction and Raina went unsold. The former CSK vice-captain last played for CSK in IPL 2021. He was benched during the season and didn't play the final.
Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina has broken silence on getting released by CSK. Photo: BCCI

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Suresh Raina was released by Chennai Super Kings before the IPL 2022 mega-auction
  • CSK did not bid for him in the auction
  • Raina has broken his silence on CSK's decision to release him
Suresh Raina is one of the longest-serving players for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and he had a 12-year-long stint with them. Raina joined CSK in the IPL 2008 mega-auction and stayed with them till 2015. Raina was among the players CSK picked ahead of the auction upon their return to IPL in 2018. This turned out to be Raina's final stint with CSK and he was let go before the IPL 2022 mega-auction.
At one stage, Raina was the second-biggest name in the CSK camp. He was next to MS Dhoni and was his deputy till IPL 2019. He captained CSK in matches that Dhoni missed. The left-handed batsman was fully committed to the Yellow Army and did not miss any match for them from IPL 2008 to 2015.
Before the start of IPL 2020, Raina was in CSK's camp when he announced his retirement from international cricket. He made the mega announcement just few minutes after Dhoni quit the game. Raina travelled to UAE for IPL 2020 but returned home due to personal reasons.
He stayed with CSK for IPL 2021 but got dropped from the playing XI for the first time in his career. Raina stayed on the bench in the final as well.
Next year, CSK released him and decided against bidding for their former vice-captain. Raina went unsold and didn't get a proper farewell from IPL. Two years after that, Raina has broken his silence on the matter. Talking to Lallantop, the left-hander said: "Wo khel rahe hai achi baat hai (MS Dhoni is playing, it's good). He should play. Why will I be sad (Raina on getting released by CSK)?"
Raina took up commentary after going unsold and continues to be part of the league as a commentator. He announced his retirement from Indian cricket later in 2022 and has played franchise cricket in past couple of years.
Raina finished his IPL career with 5528 runs in 205 matches. He played 176 matches for CSK and scored 4687 runs for them. He is still CSK's highest run-scorer in the T20 league. He is followed by Dhoni, who has 4595 runs in 227 matches. No other batsman has breached the 3000-run mark.
Apart from CSK, Raina also played for Gujarat Lions. He captained the Gujarat Lions in IPL 2016 and 2017. Gujarat made it to the playoffs in Raina's first season as captain while they finished at the 7th spot in their last year in the league.
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