Chennai Super Kings’ experienced batsman Suresh Raina will not play in the tournament this time. He decided to return to India before the tournament started. Now the biggest question is who is going to replace him?
On the other hand, former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris has said that Ambati Rayudu could be given the chance to replace Raina. Talking on a show, the former New Zealand all-rounder said, “I personally think Rayudu can replace him.”
Rayudu had played brilliantly in IPL 2018 and scored a total of 602 runs at an average of over 149. On the basis of this excellent performance, he also made a place in Team India.
Rayudu can bat at No.3 position: Scott
Styris said, “Yeah, tough one, isn’t it. A player of that class, a player who has been so good for so long, to suddenly find those runs, even in the field and the odd over as well with the ball, is going to be a big task. I know that the CSK squad is deep, they’ve got a lot of options at the top, but I also believe that as much as the pressure is now on to find that No. 3, it’s just probably the most challenging time that I can look for anyway for CSK. And in particular, the leadership of this group — I think with Dhoni and Stephen Fleming — it’s up to them now to bring the group together, now that they have lost Raina and Harbhajan.”
I’d put Rayudu in there to take No.3 spot: Scott
He further said, “Couple of options they could go with, the two overseas players at the top and bring in the youngster Gaekwad (Ruturaj) as well or they may decide to have a pinch-hitter. May be even someone like Ravindra Jadeja too, who we have seen in Indian colours, has been so good, so they need to find that No. 3. Personally, I’d put Rayudu in there to take that spot.”
Two experienced Chennai players will not play
This time, two experienced players from the Chennai team, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh will not play in the IPL. Both players have decided to withdraw their names before the tournament starts. Raina has returned to India after coming to UAE, while Harbhajan gave information about it before going to UAE.