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Shaun Pollock believes that CSK’s Suresh Raina has not been able to find his touch in IPL 2021 and may be getting a little carried away. Pollock added that Raina is a brilliant fielder, an attacking batsman, and also contributes with his bowling, but this year he has failed on all fronts.
IPL 2021 has been great for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) so far and the three-time champions qualified for the play-offs with three games to go. The team also performs well as a unit and is a strong title contender.
Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis contributing with the bat at the top is one of the reasons Chennai became the first team to qualify for the play-offs. Ravindra Jadeja has played the role of the team’s finisher and all-rounder while the bowling unit has also done its job.
However, Suresh Raina aka ‘Mr IPL’ has failed miserably this season. He has long been a mainstay of the team, scoring over 5,000 IPL runs for the franchise, but the second leg of the current edition is proving to be a nightmare for the former India international. Raina has scored just 37 runs in five games since arriving in the Gulf state. In Saturday’s game against Rajasthan Royals, the 34-year-old was able to score just three runs on a surface that was very suitable for hitting.
Reflecting on the southpaw’s achievements, Shaun Pollock has judged he may have a glitch.
“He hasn’t been able to find his touch. He looks like he might have a little problem, he doesn’t look that fast, that’s what we’ve come to expect: brilliant field work over the years, contributing with his off-spin and knocking the ball out of the ground; we didn’t see that. No surprise they promoted him to number 3; that was in an effort to get him into form under the belt,” Pollock told Cricbuzz.
CSK is one of the teams that likes to stick with their winning combination and doesn’t change often in the playing eleven. Now that the team has qualified for the play-offs, Chennai has a chance to test their bench strength in the remaining league matches. They have Robin Uthappa, Imran Tahir and Mitchell Santner on the bench, but Pollock, the former South Africa captain, says the chances of someone like Uthappa getting a chance are slim.
“I wonder if they will give Robin Uthappa a chance. CSK is a team that doesn’t like to make big changes. The longer it goes on, the more you feel they can’t really change anything about the knockouts unless they make it happen.” worry sooner or later. I’m sure he would like to try. But if they keep winning, they want everyone to shoot,” he said.
Chennai Super Kings will then face Delhi Capitals, who also qualified for the play-offs on Monday.
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