New Delhi: Indian Cricketer Suresh Raina has hinted that he may rejoin the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) squad for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL), during an interview on Tuesday.
Raina previously decided to opt out of the tournament citing personal reasons. He clarified his reasons about his sudden plan to leave the tournament on Tuesday. He explained that his family was attacked by some robbers in Pathankot which led to the death of his uncle and cousin, while the condition of his aunt remians critical.
He also tweeted the incident on his Twitter handle and wrote, “What happened to my family is Punjab was beyond horrible. My uncle was slaughtered to death, my bua & both my cousins had sever injuries. Unfortunately my cousin also passed away last night after battling for life for days. My bua is still very very critical & is on life support.”
What happened to my family is Punjab was beyond horrible. My uncle was slaughtered to death, my bua & both my cousins had sever injuries. Unfortunately my cousin also passed away last night after battling for life for days. My bua is still very very critical & is on life support.
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) September 1, 2020
He was recently interviewed by Outlook, He stated that the current condition in the CSK team due to COVID-19 played a major role for him to return India.
“When the bio-bubble is not safe how does one take a chance? I have a family with two little kids and elderly parents. For me returning to the family was more important,” Raina said.
“It was a tough decision. CSK is also like my family but when the face of my kids surfaced in Dubai and the COVID situation was not looking good, I decided to return,” Raina was quoted as saying by Outlook.
The 33-year-old cricketer also cleared the rumours about the conflict with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, he said that Dhoni is like an ‘elder brother’ to him.
He also shared his views about the comments made by Narayanaswami Srinivasan, head of the CSK team and former Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and former President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on his sudden departure to India.
“He (Srinivasan) may have been angry. Srinivasan sir is like a father figure for me and he’s always stood by me and is close to my heart, he treats me like his younger son,” Raina said.
Raina also stated, “I am a CSK player forever. If the situation gets better in Dubai, I may even return. The door is not closed on me.”
He also opened up about the recent attack on his family members due to which he had to return to India. He said that his first priority is his family and friends and he wanted to take care of them during a difficult situation.
The former Indian cricketer said, “I will have no answer if something happens to my family. I am strong and physically fit to keep playing competitive cricket but right now, my kids and parents are priority.”
“It was a personal decision and I had to come back for my family. There was something that needed to be addressed immediately on the home front. CSK is my family too and Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) is very important to me and this was a tough decision,” Raina was also quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.