Chennai Super Kings have already suffered some major setbacks before the start of the IPL 2020. 13 members have tested positive for the COVID-19. Moreover, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh decided to pull out of the IPL season citing personal reasons.
The departure of the two CSK heavyweights has left a huge void in the team. CSK has still not announced the replacement of both of them. Now, the former India international, Deep Dasgupta has said that Raina might come back in the UAE to join the team.
Suresh Raina may not be part of the first few games of the IPL due to the quarantine rules.
Dasgupta feels that Raina might be out of the first few games of the IPL due to the quarantine protocols. However, he may return later and boost the squad. Raina has been an integral part of the team since season 1 of the IPL. Deep Dasgupta feels that CSK has still not named a replacement for him since he hinting for his return.
“I have a feeling that Suresh Raina will be back playing the IPL. He might miss out on the first few games because of the quarantine rules and all but I have a feeling that Suresh will be back,” Dasgupta told ESPNCricinfo. “I won’t be surprised if they don’t pick a replacement for Suresh.”
Suresh Raina has also himself hinted that he may get back to the UAE before the IPL 2020 starts. “I’ve been training even while quarantining here. You never know you might see me in the camp there again,” Raina had recently said.
Harbhajan Singh’s replacement? Deep Dasgupta suggests the name
Dasgupta feels that Jalaj Saxena can serve as an ideal replacement for Harbhajan Singh, who was the latest CSK player to pull out of the tournament. Many felt that he will not be part of this year’s IPL since he had not travelled with the team to UAE.
“As far as the replacement is concerned, there aren’t too many options. But I think Jalaj Saxena deserves a place, he’s a good enough all-rounder. I think they might look at him, he’s a very good option for Bhajji’s replacement,” Dasgupta added.