Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina, also known as ‘Chinna Thala’ went unsold in the mega auction for the 15th edition of the Indian T20 League. Expectedly, the turn of events did not go down well with most of the cricket fans.
Suresh Raina has played an integral and unignorable role in Chennai’s success over the years in ITL. Having scored 5528 runs in 205 IPL matches, CSK was always quite dependent and fond of their Chinna Thala. While the disappointment of the fans was very evident, people started to move on from the fact that the star player did not get a team ahead of ITL 2022.
However recent turn of events involving the English opener Jason Roy has got Suresh Raina trending on Twitter.
Jason Roy of the Gujarat Titans team pulled out of ITL 2022 citing the bio-bubble fatigue. This has got the fans taking to social media platforms and flooding them with suggestions for the Gujarat Titans team to sign Suresh Raina. So, while we may not see Suresh Raina being a part of the yellow army again, the fans are eager to watch him on the field for the new franchise.
Notably, Raina has already been a part of Gujarat franchise and even captained the team in the ITL editions of 2016 and 2017, when a new franchise from Gujarat was added as Chennai and Rajasthan were banned from the seasons. With the experience Raina brings on the table, and the already established love for him in Gujarat, signing him might be a good idea for the Titans.
Raina being signed by the Titans might be one of the most awaited and sensational news to look forward to if things turn out that way.
Jason Roy – Out ❎
Suresh Raina – In ☑️
I know Suresh Raina is not playing any competitive or domestic match now but he is a player who can do a strong comeback any time.#sureshraina #raina #jasonroy #GujaratTitans #IPL2022 pic.twitter.com/KN0nftNM9N
— सूर्या सिंह राणा (@qZnuoQerNbV0LV5) March 2, 2022
Suresh Raina is part of #GujaratTitans squad
— Bleeding Arc (@Jeet69435549) March 2, 2022
Dear @gujarat_titans. This is a blessing in disguise to pick @ImRaina . Gives you solid Indian batter you lack in middle order. Allows you to go full throttle with ur foreign bowlers. Remember @henrygayle too was unsold and then he was rehired by @RCBTweets . Rest is history.
— G. S. Vivek (@GSV1980) March 1, 2022