IPL 2018 | Playing for CSK was like coming back ‘home’, insists Suresh Raina

IPL 2018 | Playing for CSK was like coming back ‘home’, insists Suresh Raina

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Suresh Raina, who is the highest run-getter in IPL history, insisted that playing for Chennai Super Kings after two years was like coming back home. Raina pointed out that domestic cricketers doing well for the team when it mattered the most was the key for CSK and helped them win the title.

Raina has been one of the most consistent players in the history of IPL and the 2018 edition of the IPL was no different for him. Along with Chennai Super Kings winning the title, he also managed to achieve personal milestone by becoming the highest run-getter in the history of IPL. Raina has scored 4,985 career runs in the tournament’s history.

Raina was grateful for the support they received despite not playing in Chennai and acknowledged the warm welcome the team received after their title triumph. 

“We played just one game in Chennai as our home games were shifted to Pune. Still, we were cheered by our fans at all the venues and received such warm reception in Chennai after the win,” said Suresh Raina in an interview with Hindustan Times.

Raina was the captain of Gujarat Lions in the 2016 and 2017 edition of IPL when CSK were banned from the competition. He stated that he was honored to have captained Gujarat in IPL, but insisted that playing for CSK was like coming back ‘home’.   

“It was an honour to lead Gujarat. Similarly, playing for CSK and winning two titles before had given me special memories. CSK had been close to my heart and I’m glad we won another IPL title in the yellow jersey. Playing for CSK was like coming back ‘home’,” he said. 

He reserved special praise for MS Dhoni and called him an ‘extraordinary ambassador of the game’. He pointed out that the domestic cricketers standing up for the team when they needed it the most was the key for their success. 

“Mahi has been an extraordinary ambassador of the game. His leadership skills have been the highlight. He believes in youngsters, keeps calm in pressure situations and leads by example. His contribution to CSK has been immense. I think the domestic cricketers doing well for us when it mattered was the key for CSK,” he said.  

He revealed that in spite of playing 11 seasons of IPL, he still has the hunger to play more and score more runs. He felt that the standard of cricket has been top-class in IPL and the massive support from fans has made it even more special.  

“It’s mind-boggling to have played eleven seasons of IPL and still having the hunger to do more. Thrice I have been part title-winning teams. I have learnt a lot during these years. The standard of cricket has been top-class and very competitive. I have enjoyed playing in IPL and wish to score more runs in the coming editions. Moreover, the fans have made the experience all the more special,” he added. 

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