Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni is yet to make any comments on the departure of Suresh Raina. However, Dhoni’s comments after IPL 2020 opener against Mumbai Indians raise many eyebrows. Incidentally, the Super Kings made a winning start to their campaign beating the defending champions by five wickets.
In a shocker, Chennai stalwart Raina pulled out of IPL 2020 owing to personal reasons. However, multiple reports have suggested that Raina left the bio-secure bubble after a rift with the management over hotel room. CSK CEO N Srinivasan’s comments also ignited the fire.
MS Dhoni takes a subtle dig at Raina
As per the reports, ever since CSK landed in Dubai on August 21, Suresh Raina was unhappy with the hotel room he was provided. He also found the strict bio-secure bubble claustrophobic and wanted a room like MS Dhoni. Moreover, the issue with ‘Raina’s room not having proper balconies’ became a flashpoint as the CSK team quarantined itself in the team hotel. So much so that even Dhoni, a close confidant of Raina couldn’t calm the situations down.
Although Suresh Raina and Srinivasan – both have downplayed the comments, but the issue has no intention to settle down. During the presentation ceremony after IPL 2020, MS Dhoni’s comments looked like a subtle dig at Raina. The Chennai skipper praised IPL for all the arrangement before saying that ‘as cricketers we easily criticize stuff’.
“It is an amazing job done by the IPL, especially ones behind the scenes. To make it happen there are a hundred different things; as cricketers we easily criticize stuff,” MS Dhoni said.
“To have the practice facilities like these at the ICC academy were fantastic. Unless you get practice facilities you won’t play well in a tournament like this,” the 39-year-old added.
Speaking about the game, Chennai banked on Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis to chase down 163 runs. Mumbai Indians started well with the bat, but Chennai pulled the brakes at the right time to keep the scoreboard in check before chasing down the total.