One of the successful captain of team India MS Dhoni had announced his retirement from international cricket on 15 August 2020. Just few minutes away of Dhoni’s retirement, Suresh Raina also joined him and announced his retirement from international cricket. Although Suresh Raina is the part of Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy 2021 on the basis of his performances in domestic cricket.
After his retirement, He had joined Chennai Super Kings camp for IPL 2020 but he decided to quit a day after landing in Dubai for the IPL 2020. Raina now only plays IPL and Domestic cricket. Since Raina has not participated in any foreign leagues that’s why he is eligible to play domestic and IPL.
During the conversation with Times of India, Suresh Raina reveals the reason behind his surprising retirement. He said, “I felt it was the right time. Our friendship is very different. We have won a lot of matches for the country and in the IPL, too. Definitely. We will meet and plan. Things will be good and I hope everything will go as per plan.”
Raina also opened up on his decision to return home a day after landing on Dubai. Suresh Raina said, “Why would there be any regret. I spent time with my kids and was there for my family,” he said. “I really wanted to come back to my family. There was an incident in Punjab and they needed me (his uncle and cousins in Pathankot were murdered during a robbery).”
“My wife needed me here, too, during the pandemic. I have been playing for 20 years so I know I will do it again. But when your family needs you, you have to be there. I felt that was the wise thing to do at that time.” He added.
As we all know owner of Chennai Super Kings, N Srinivasan had commented on him and called cricketers ‘prima donnas’.
“My thinking is that if you are reluctant or not happy, go back. I don’t force anyone to do anything … sometimes success gets into your head. Cricketers are like prima donnas … like the temperamental actors of the olden days. Chennai Super Kings have always been like a family and all senior players have learned to co-exist,” Srinivasan told outlook.