Suresh Raina practises batting in Chennai Super Kings jersey

Former India batsman Suresh Raina has posted a video of him practising batting while wearing a Chennai Super Kings (CSK) jersey. The video, posted on Wednesday, invited reactions from fans and went viral.

Raina was an integral part of CSK, playing in all four of their title victories, including CLT20 titles in 2010 and 2014.

Raina's long-standing relationship with the team, however, ended when the franchise refused to retain or select him in the 2022 IPL mega auction.

The left-handed batter’ received praises from fans for his devotion to the Tamil Nadu-based franchise. Raina has begun training to increase his likelihood of being on the IPL 2023 roster.

“Not anything beats the sensation of when I am at the box. Had the most productive time at the floor!!,” the 35-year-old wrote.

“Guy had so many reasons to delete stuff but still donning the CSK kit instead. Talk about loyalty,” a fan responded.

Raina's career

The "Chinna Thala" scored 5528 runs, averaging 32.52 at a strike rate of 136.43 in 205 matches during his IPL career, which lasted from 2008 to 2021.

He finished with a century and 39 half-centuries at a median of 32.52 and a strike rate of 136.72.

From 2005 to 2018, he played 18 exams, 226 ODIs, and 78 T20Is for the Men in Blue. Raina scored 768 runs in red-ball cricket, 5615 runs in 50-over cricket, and 1605 runs in the shortest format.

Raina also had 13 Test wickets, 36 ODI wickets, and 13 T20I wickets in his tally. On July 17, 2018, he played his final international match, an ODI against England in Leeds.

Raina announced his retirement from international cricket in August 2020. He left CSK just a few days before the tournament in the UAE began.

He was re-signed for the IPL 2021 season, but in 12 games, he only managed 160 runs at an average of 17.77 and a strike rate of 125.00. His final IPL match was against the Rajasthan Royals on October 2, 2021.

The batter is currently among the IPL's all-time leading run-getters trailing only Virat Kohli with 6624 runs, Shikhar Dhawan with 6244 runs, David Warner with 5881 runs, and Rohit Sharma with 5879.

CSK in IPL 2022

CSK had to part ways with the majority of their stars prior to the 2022 mega auction because each team could only keep four players.

The team retained captain MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Moeen Ali. Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, and Deepak Chahar were all forced to leave.

MS Dhoni, however, handed over the captaincy to all-rounder Jadeja just days before the start of the IPL 2022 season.

Jadeja failed to deliver as captain, and CSK lost six of their first eight matches. Two matches later, the 33-year-old was forced to retire from the tournament due to an injury.

The situation forced Dhoni to take over halfway through the season. Under his leadership, the team won only four of 14 league matches and finished second last in the table.

Gian Chacko

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