Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris has named Ambati Rayudu as the ideal replacement for Suresh Raina in the Chennai Super Kings’ squad. The no. 3 batting spot at CSK is a matter of concern after the recently retired Indian cricketer left the CSK camp due to personal reasons.
His return in this year’s IPL is extremely difficult, however, he has confirmed that there is still a small chance to take part.
Suresh Raina, who earlier traveled with the squad to the UAE later decided to pull out from the Dream11 IPL 2020 and returned home citing ‘personal reasons’, which was later found out to be a brutal attack on his relatives in Lucknow which took away the life of his cousin and uncle.
Former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris believes it is very tough for Chennai Super Kings to fill the void of Suresh Raina, who is also the highest run-scorer for CSK in IPL history.
Ruturaj Gaekwad or Ravindra Jadeja will likely take Raina’s spot but Scotty Styris feels Ambati Rayudu will be the right fit.
Upon being asked who should be Raina’s replacement for CSK in a recent talk show on Star Sports, Styris said, “Couple of options they might have with the 2 players at their highest, youngster Gaekwad or they might plan to have a pinch-hitter who can also bowl, someone like Ravindra Jadeja, who has been so good for India. But personally, I would put Ambati Rayudu in there to fill the spot”.
Chennai Super Kings are without veterans Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina in this year’s IPL. But still, they have a robust squad in their hands to compete for the title. CSK had to go through an additional week of quarantine after 13 of their staff members including two cricketers tested positive for COVID-19. The 2 players that tested positive were right arm pacer Deepak Chahar and righty batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad.