IPL 2018: Suresh Raina set for training sessions after injury layoff
Suresh Raina suffered a calf-injury against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Updated - Apr 18, 2018 10:22 pm
During Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) second match of the season against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Suresh Raina triggered a calf-injury which sidelined him for a couple of games against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR). The Uttar Pradesh cricketer had played 134 games for CSK on the trot and played every match for the team since the inception of the tournament in 2008.
The left-handed batsman was also the highest run-getter in the history of the T20 league. However, Virat Kohli surpassed him during yesterday’s game between the Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Raina is expected to make a comeback against the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
The tough times for Raina
He has played a couple of matches in this edition of the IPL but hasn’t been among the runs thus far. In the first game of the tournament, when the Super Kings were chasing 166 runs against Rohit Sharma’s men, Hardik Pandya caught him off-guard and resultantly, he pulled a short-pitched delivery into the palms of Krunal Pandya.
In the game thereafter against the Knights, Raina tweaked his calf during an over by Sunil Narine and was provided medical attention by the physiotherapist. Narine lured him into playing a false stroke, which eventually got rid of him. The following day it was clarified that the CSK vice-captain will be unavailable for the next 10 days or so.
However, most recently Jonty Rhodes took to Twitter and inquired about his well being. Raina replied by saying that he would be getting back to training today. Recently, the middle-order batsman posted a picture on the social media where he is sitting on the bus along with the Chennai teammates. On the other hand, the CSK franchise would be delighted to see their star batsman get back in action.
Here’s Raina’s post on Instagram