Sanjay Manjrekar, a former Indian cricketer, believes MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) should rest experienced batsman Suresh Raina. Raina, one of the most decorated players in Indian Premier Competition (IPL) history, has endured a forgettable season with CSK in the 14th edition of the cash-rich league.
Raina and Ambati Rayudu’s form troubled Manjrekar, but he was more concerned about the left-form. hander’s Despite the fact that Imran Tahir may be a handful in Abu Dhabi, Manjrekar believes he has no place among the four international players.
Sanjay Manjrekar asks to drop Suresh Raina
When it comes to the Yellow Brigade’s batting depth, Manjrekar believes Dhoni’s CSK team appears good on paper. Sam Curran is expected to return to the playing XI, according to the former cricketer and full-time commentator. Manjrekar also suggested that CSK keep Raina out of the starting XI and instead use ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja as a batter.
Both Raina and Rayudu are looking a little off, according to Sanjay Manjrekar, and CSK should go with the latter in this situation. Rayudu was chosen by Manjrekar because he believes the Andhra cricketer has some time remaining with CSK’s yellow army.
“The worry for Chennai is that both (Suresh) Raina and (Ambati Rayudu]) are looking off-color; Raina more than Rayudu. But if I have to look at somebody who is a possible candidate for success going ahead, I’ll go with Rayudu ahead of Raina,” Sanjay Manjrekar said.
Raina, who has struggled to make huge runs for Dhoni and Co., has 155 runs in ten games. Rayudu, the CSK franchise’s star batsman, has scored 178 runs in the same number of outings this season.
“That’s where Imran Tahir or Karn Sharma could be looked at, but I doubt that Tahir will replace a foreign player. So, what I would do is have Karn Sharma coming into the team and play Ravindra Jadeja as a pure batter and leave out Suresh Raina,” he added.
Raina has been looking at his lowest point in the previous two seasons, averaging less than 25 in 2019 and withdrawing from the 2020 season.