IPL 2020: 5 players who can replace Suresh Raina in the Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
Finding Raina's replacement won't be a cakewalk for MS Dhoni and Co.
Published - Aug 29, 2020 1:41 pm | Updated - Aug 29, 2020 1:41 pm
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are in major trouble going into the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL). On Friday, August 28, reports of few of their members testing positive for COVID-19 came to the fore. Their quarantine period was also extended and they were about to start practising from Tuesday, September 1.
Now adding to their miseries, Suresh Raina has pulled out of the T20 tournament. Raina was a part of the training camp that took place in Chennai before the CSK players headed for Dubai. The reasons for Raina backing out haven’t been revealed just yet.
But the atmosphere in the CSK camp has become chaotic. As for now, MS Dhoni and Co would be desperate to find the 33-year-old’s replacement. The search will be tough, but Indian cricket doesn’t have dearth in talent.
In the article, let’s take a look at five cricketers, who can replace Suresh Raina in CSK: –
1. Hanuma Vihari
Hanuma Vihari made his IPL debut back in 2013, representing the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). However, his career in the T20 league has never taken off. In 24 matches, the right-hander has only scored 284 runs at an average of 14.2. Moreover, his strike-rate of 88.47 hasn’t helped his cause by any stretch of the imagination.
The 26-year-old Vihari has a top score of 46 in the tournament. In the 2019 IPL, Vihari was a part of the Delhi Capitals (DC), but he got chances in only two games. Due to the presence of some power-hitters in their ranks, Vihari batted lower down the order.
But he is a kind of batsman, who can lend stability to any batting lineup. He won’t be the worst of replacements for Raina, who has been a stalwart for the Super Kings since the inaugural season.