12 May, 2021

‘You May See Me Back Soon’

Why did the CSK star and Dhoni favourite leave his team in Dubai? It was 'for my family', he tells Outlook, hinting at Covid in the team, scotching speculation about any ill-will

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‘You May See Me Back Soon’

Suresh Raina’s sudden return from the Chennai Super Kings camp in Dubai has created feverish speculation. Raina spoke to Soumitra Bose. Excerpts—

Why did you return from Dubai all of a sudden? CSK said they were caught by complete surprise.

It was a personal decision. I had to come back for my family. There was something that needed to be addressed immediately at the home front. CSK is my family too and Mahi bhai is most important to me. Though it was a tough decision, I had to come back for the family back home.

We were told that you were unhappy with the hotel room. And that even Dhoni could not pacify you. What happened with Dhoni?

These are all fabricated stories. After all these years and after knowing me for so long if you choose to believe it, well all the best.

Were you worried that the team had 13 cases of Covid? Did that influence your decision?

It was heartbreaking of course. This is a deadly disease and even after...

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