Dubai: One of the senior members of the Chennai Super Kings team Suresh Raina lasted merely six balls against Mumbai Indians in Dubai on Sunday. He scored four runs and was dismissed. The CSK star looked puzzled against the pace and movement of New Zealand’s Trent Boult, who eventually dismissed him. Former South African pacer Dale Steyn while speaking on ESPNcricinfo, reckoned that Raina looked like a “school-boy” cricketer.Also Read - IPL 2022 | Decision on MS Dhoni's Retention Will be Taken Only After Knowing Rules: CSK
“He (Suresh Raina) didn’t want anything of it. He looked like a school boy cricketer at a point. I couldn’t believe this is an international player doing what he was doing, almost embarrassing that he broke his bat and got out. Had that gone for six, maybe I won’t have said that but it is what we saw,” he said. Also Read - IPL 2021: 'Loved Each and Every Moment', KKR Coach Brendon McCullum Heaps Praise on Eoin Morgan and Co.
Meanwhile, young CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad laid the foundation with an unbeaten 58-ball 88 before Dwayne Bravo led an excellent bowling display to power CSK to a crushing 20-run win over MI. Also Read - T20 World Cup 2021: Varun Chakravarthy Will be The Main Guy in Attack, Says Suresh Raina
Gaikwad batted through the innings to lift Chennai Super Kings from a precarious 7/3 to 156 for six as the IPL-14 resumed in the UAE after the first phase in India was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in May.
With the win, CSK went top of the points table edging Delhi Capitals. The Dhoni-led side looks good to make the playoffs. An experienced skipper like Dhoni would realise that they somehow scraped through against the defending champions in the UAE leg opener.
CSK will take on Virat Kohli-led RCB in their next match on September 24.