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‘Thank You for the memories’ : Fans heartbroken as Suresh Raina goes unsold in mega auction

Raina had a terrible year with the bat last year

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina (Image source: Twitter)

One of the biggest setbacks of the Indian T20 League mega auction was Suresh Raina getting unsold. Also known as Mr ITL, Suresh Raina owns several records in the Indian T20 League. He was an integral part of the Chennai setup since the tournament’s inception. The left-hander played a big role in the team’s title wins in 2010 and 2011 with 520 and 438 runs respectively. In 2018, he amassed 445 runs as the Men In Yellow went to win their third title. In August 2020, he announced his retirement alongside Chennai skipper MS Dhoni.

Last year, he had a torrid time with the bat, scoring at an average of 17.77 with one fifty. However, his side went on to win the tournament without contributions with the bat. In a career spanning 205 games, he has accumulated 5528 runs, averaging 32.51 with one hundred and 39 fifties. Only players such as Virat Kohli (6283), Shikhar Dhawan (5784) and Rohit Sharma (5611) are ahead of him.

The 2011 World Cup winner was released by the franchise last year as teams were allowed to retain a maximum of four players in the team. Meanwhile, Raina’s fans were not amused by his omission and felt he could have still contributed a lot to the teams.

This is how Twitterati reacted

 

 

 

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