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Chennai Super Kings stalwart Suresh Raina has pulled himself out of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) owing to personal reasons. It garnered a lot of reactions with the fans already missing their ‘Chinna Thala’. Veteran Chennai all-rounder Shane Watson also reacted to Raina’s exit from IPL 2020.

Many different reports suggest behind the veteran cricketer returning to the country. While a couple of reports suggest that Raina’s uncle and aunt faced ghastly encounter in their village in Pathankot. His aunt is also in critical condition and is currently in hospital.

Watson reacts to Raina’s exit from IPL 2020

On the other hand, a report in TOI stated that Suresh Raina panicked after 13 Chennai Super Kings member tested COVID-19 positive. It also added that skipper MS Dhoni, who shares a close bond with the cricketer tried to make him understand, however, it didn’t work.

The news shattered millions and millions of Chennai Super Kings fans spread across the globe. The veteran all-rounder from Australia Shane Watson also seemed sad with the departure of Suresh Raina. He also offered his support to the cricketer and his family.

Shane Watson reacts to Suresh Raina’s exit from IPL 2020 (Credit: IPL 2020)

“Thinking of you Suresh @sureshraina – you and your family are in my thoughts. You will be dearly missed here @chennaiipl. You have always been the heartbeat of the team so we will be doing everything we can to make you proud. Take care mate and stay safe,” Shane Watson wrote in an Instagram post. 

Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings will miss the service of Suresh Raina in this IPL in the UAE. He is their highest run-scorer in the league and is an integral part of the set-up. So far, he has played 193 games in IPL scoring 5368 runs including one century and 38 fifties at an average of over 33.

Moreover, 13 Chennai members including two cricketers – Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad tested COVID-19. They are currently in isolation and will remain in quarantine for 14-days. The contracted members will have to give two COVID-19 negative tests within 14 hours before joining the side.