Chennai Super Kings’ Chinna Thala, Suresh Raina, who played his first competitive match in over a year, stole all the limelight with his powerful comeback last night for CSK. Suresh Raina, who had pulled out of IPL 2020 citing personal reasons, made everyone realized what exactly was missing from the 2020 edition of the IPL, as early as his first game of IPL 2021.
Time and again, Raina has come to CSK’s rescue and last night was no different. In a match against Delhi Capitals last night, Suresh Raina came to CSK’s rescue once again as he brought the much-needed momentum to the game. Hailed as Mr. IPL for his batting masterclass, Suresh Raina walked into bat when CSK was in deep state of trouble, having lost both openers with only 7 runs on the scoreboard. He joined hands with Moeen Ali and brought the much-needed momentum back to the game.
Though he started off slow but soon changed gears and steadied the ship for CSK, smashing DC bowlers to all the corners of the ground. He later put on a 63-run stand for the 4th wicket with Ambati Rayudu, putting put CSK’s innings back on track.
He scored 54 runs off 36 balls, where he smashed 3 fours and 4 stunning sixes before he was eventually run-out by Chris Woakes.
Delighted with Raina’s powerful knock, experts and fans took to their social media to applaud the star batsman, whose absence was felt immensely in IPL 2020. Among many, a popular Twitter user named Abhishek, (username – Neeche Se Topper) took to his social media and expressed how Raina has been like the identity of CSK. He wrote:
“MS Dhoni must be the heart of CSK, but Suresh Raina is its identity.”
Here, check out the tweet:
MS Dhoni must be the heart of CSK, but Suresh Raina is its identity.
— Neeche Se Topper (@NeecheSeTopper) April 10, 2021
The tweet went viral in no time and was flooded with amazing reactions from Twitterati. CSK’s fans couldn’t agree more with the tweet. Here, check out the reactions of Twitterati on this:
Dhoni is the heart of csk❤️, Raina is the heart beat💓
— Deepak (@bored_deepak) April 11, 2021
Oolta bola bhai
MSD is identity and raina is the heart of CSK😍
— john snow 🇮🇳 (@John_Snow3) April 10, 2021
Raina has been the most valuable player for CSK since 2008 and that's a fact
— Badal Dalai (@BadalDalai1) April 10, 2021
Suresh Raina heart ke andr ka system h phir 😂
— सृष्टि शर्मा (@ShrishtySays) April 10, 2021
Or the veins n arteries n lungs n even liver…❤️
— Yaggesh Lakhotia (@yagslak) April 10, 2021
Raina is heart beat ❤️❤️ of #CSK 💛
— Akash Singh Rajput🌟 (@IamASR_) April 11, 2021