IPL: 5 Cricketers who can replace Suresh Raina in Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
Raina's skills are on the wane. Thus, here we look at five players who can replace Raina in the CSK team.
Updated - Oct 16, 2019 1:19 pm
It was not too long ago that Suresh Raina was called ‘Mr. IPL’. Season after season, the left-hander churned out runs consistently. In fact, he is one of the reasons for Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) success over the years. At No. 3, Raina became a bank for CSK.
The Uttar Pradesh batsman never won the orange cap in the history of the IPL but for a long time, he held the record for most runs in the IPL. He is second on that list at the moment (5368 runs at an average of 33.34 and a strike-rate of 137.11). However, Raina’s form has dipped over the last few seasons.
In fact, in 2019, he amassed 383 runs at an average of 23.93 from 17 games. Also, Raina went through a second knee surgery in August which ruled him out of the initial part of India’s domestic season. Hence, it is unknown when Raina would make a comeback. Moreover, his skills are on the wane.
Thus, here we look at five players who can replace Suresh Raina in the CSK team
1. N Jagadeesan
N Jagadeesan has been warming the benches for quite a while now. The Tamil Nadu cricketer has been a part of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) set-up for the last few years but hasn’t been able to break into the playing XI yet. Despite MS Dhoni missing a few games last season, Jagadeesan didn’t get an opportunity.
However, the 23-year-old wicketkeeper has been in very good form. He has been doing well in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) as well. In fact, Jagadeesan was the leading run-getter this year.
He scored 448 runs at an average of 64.00 and a strike-rate of 137.42 in this year’s TNPL. Jagadeesan is a solid top-order bat and the No. 3 position would suit him as well. Hence, he is a good candidate to replace Suresh Raina in the CSK XI.