STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Suresh Raina's absence a major concern for CSK: Ex-Australian cricketer Dean Jones

According to the cricketer-turned commentator, a lot will now depend on skipper MS Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming in order to 'gel the team' together.

Published: 16th September 2020 03:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th September 2020 03:39 PM   |  A+A-

Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones (L) and all-rounder Suresh Raina

Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones (L) and all-rounder Suresh Raina (File photos)

By IANS

NEW DELHI: Suresh Raina's absence will be a major concern for the Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which starts Saturday in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), believes former Australian cricketer Dean Jones.

Raina, who has played 193 games for CSK - accumulating more than 5,000 runs -- last month opted out of IPL 2020 due to "personal reasons". He had travelled with the team to the UAE, but has since returned to India in a controversial manner. "Raina's absence is a major concern this time and he is in the top five run getters in IPL," said Jones while speaking on Star Sports show 'Game Plan'.

"He is a left hander and plays spin very well and the weakness for CSK could be that majority of their players are right-handed batsman. They need some left handers or they could get stuck, particularly if they are playing to leg-spinners and the ball is going away," he added.

According to the cricketer-turned commentator, a lot will now depend on skipper MS Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming in order to "gel the team" together in the absence of Raina and Harbhajan Singh when they start their tournament campaign against defending champions Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi.


Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp