Chennai Super Kings star batsman Suresh Raina on Saturday wished the MS Dhoni-led side with all the success for the tournament and said its “unimaginable” for him that he is not with his team today. Raina has been a key cog in the batting wheel of CSK. The left-handed batsman is the leading run-scorer for CSK in the tournament. The side will be without the services of Raina and Harbhajan Singh this year as both players opted out of the tournament due to personal reasons.
“Wishing you all the success boys @ChennaiIPL. Unimaginable for me that I am not there today, but all my wishes are with you. Sending you all the good vibes! Go get it!” Raina tweeted.
Meanwhile, Dhoni and his side saw the presence of England cricketer Sam Curran and Australian pace spearhead Josh Hazlewood as they left for Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi ahead of the tournament opener against Mumbai Indians.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played across three venues – Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.
CSK has won the IPL thrice (2010, 2011, 2018) and now the side would be looking to add the fourth title to its kitty.
CSK was the last team to begin training as the side finally returned to the field last week after their third round of coronavirus tests.
The team had a dodgy start to their campaign in the UAE as some members of the camp tested positive for COVID-19 and the entire contingent had to quarantine themselves for longer than expected.