IPL 2021: MS Dhoni’s CSK ‘not very sure’ about retaining Suresh Raina for IPL 2021

IPL 2021 Suresh Raina – Big question in front of MS Dhoni’s CSK: Who doesnt want player like Suresh Raina in their team? Brilliant T20 batsman – a real live-wire on the field and never-give up attitude makes Raina a complete T20 package – but still his team Chennai Super Kings is in two minds to retain him for IPL 2021. According to information coming in from CSK camp, MS Dhoni and CSK team management is still not very sure about retaining Raina. Reason – hefty pay-tag attached to the just retired former Indian cricketer. 
Raina had a 11Cr contract with CSK. According to the IPL norms, if a player has to be retained by the IPL franchise, it has to be done on a same price as it was in the previous year. The franchises can neither reduce the pay – nor increase the salary for any retained player. This means if at all Raina has to be retained by CSK, they will have to shell out 11Crores for the Southpaw. This will be 4 Crores more than what franchise will be paying to India’s no.1 all rounder Ravindra Jadeja. 
“CSK has to take a big call on Raina. No doubt he has contributed a lot to the CSK’s success in past. As the team is revamping itself to pay or block 11Cr from 85 Cr total pay-purse is something which may pinch the yellow army. That is the reason they are deliberating hard on the same”, said one of the source close to the CSK think-tank.  
CSK according to the source is also keeping a close eye on Raina’s performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20. And unfortunately there also Raina has failed to tick all the boxes. The former India all-rounder has played 4 matches in the SMAT20 this year and apart from the 56* in the first game against Punjab – he has failed in most of the games. Against Railways Raina got just 6 of 8 balls, while against Jammu & Kashmir he was out for 0. His not too convincing performance is one of the reason that his team Uttar Pradesh has lost 3 of the 4 games played in the tournament. 
Suresh Raina in ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 
Suresh Raina vs Punjab – 56*(50)
Raina vs Railways – 6(8)
Raina vs J&K – 0(2)
Raina vs Tripura – 36*(23) – He also bowled 4 overs for 23 runs without taking any wicket.
With such a performance – franchise will think twice before once again handing Raina a 11Cr cheque for IPL 2021.

Raina one of the highest earners in the Indian Premier League

Raina over the years is one of the highest paid cricketer in IPL. Overall Raina has earned 88.9 Crores in IPL Salary till date according to IPL Moneyball by InsideSport.co. For more click here – https://moneyball.insidesport.co/single-player.php?id=10. Just for the record, InsideSport has not taken Raina’s contracted salary of 11Cr for IPL 2020 season into account because Raina decided to pull out of the event without playing a single match.

Currently MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli are the only cricketers in 100 Cr Club. If Raina gets IPL 2021 contract with CSK or anyone else he can become the 4th Cricketer overall to join the 100 Cr club.

Will CSK retain Suresh Raina on a 11Cr contract on his impeccable past record in IPL?

Meanwhile, thing which goes in favor of Raina’s inclusion in CSK squad is his impeccable IPL record. Raina has been part of the Chennai Super Kings side right from the inaugural season of IPL in 2008. He captained Gujarat Lions in the 2016 and 2017 seasons when CSK were banned from the IPL. He has been instrumental in CSK’s phenomenal success in the tournament over the years. Raina is the top-scorer for CSK with 4527 runs. 

Highest Scores in IPL – 33 year old Raina is overall, the second-highest run-getter in IPL with 5368 runs in 193 games behind only RCB skipper Virat Kohli, who has 5878 runs in 192 games

These numbers may finally tilt pendulum in favor of Raina – but at the moment CSK stays indecisive on one of the stalwarts of the Indian Premier League.