IPL 2021: CSK batsman Suresh Raina arrives in Mumbai : Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Suresh Raina on Wednesday arrived in Mumbai ahead of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). MS Dhoni and other members of team currently training in Chennai will also arrive in Mumbai on 26th. The entire team will stay at Oberoi Trident.
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The all-rounder posted stories on his Instagram account that started with him getting inside the airport, landing in Mumbai and then starting his quarantine period in the city. Earlier in the day, a few members of the Delhi Capitals’ squad, including pacers Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav, leg-spinner Amit Mishra and all-rounder Lalit Yadav assembled at the team hotel in Mumbai. The players arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday and they will now undergo quarantine until March 30.
IPL 2021: Suresh Raina arrives in Mumabi to join CSK camp, MS Dhoni coming on Friday
IPL 2021 – Ravindra Jadeja CSK: Meanwhile CSK management still doesnt have a idea on when team’s biggest all rounder Ravindra Jadeja will join the squad. The Indian all-rounder is yet to join the CSK camp. When InsideSport.co asked CSK team’s CEO about Jadeja’s fitness status – he sounded clueless.
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“We really don’t know when Jadeja is joining us. He has to get released by the National Cricket Academy (NCA),” Viswanath told InsideSport.co
The India all-rounder is racing against time to be fit for the tournament that begins on April 9. Currently, recovering from thumb surgery, Jadeja is yet to join the CSK preparatory camp.
CSK management is unaware on When is Jadeja joining the camp? What is his fitness status? Whether he has fully recovered from his thumb surgery or not?
Barring Jadeja and a few players, who are with their national teams, CSK will shift to Mumbai’s Trident hotel on March 26 to enter the bio-secure bubble ahead of IPL 2021. However, some players like Cheteshwar Pujara have already reached Mumbai and have begun quarantining. Head coach Stephen Fleming has also joined them in Mumbai.
“Stephen and Pujara have reached Mumbai along with some other players. We will begin our camp there on March 27-28,” Viswanath said.
CSK were the first team to begin preparations for the upcoming season. The Chennai-based franchise began their camp at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on March 9 with captain MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu and India’s domestic players such as N Jagadeeshan and Ruturaj Gaikwad joining the team. However, their star batsman, Suresh Raina, who pulled out of the last IPL, owing to personal reasons is yet to join the team.
Viswanath conformed to InsideSport on Tuesday that Raina would be joining the team directly in Mumbai.
The MS Dhoni-led side had a dismal outing in last year’s IPL. The side finished at the seventh position on the points table. Raina had missed the IPL 2020 season after pulling out of the tournament due to personal reasons but will play in this year’s cash-rich league.
In the players’ auction held on February 18, Chennai bought the likes of Moeen Ali and K Gowtham. CSK has won the IPL thrice and is regarded as one of the most successful franchises in T20 history.
CSK will start their season against runners-up Delhi Capitals at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 10.