Batting large Sunil Gavaskar heaped praise connected Suresh Raina, saying the Chennai Super Kings batsman made it look casual with a well-paced 50 connected his instrumentality to the Indian Premier League successful the play opener against Delhi Capitals connected Saturday.
Suresh Raina deed a 36-ball 54 arsenic helium showcased his class, taking the onslaught to Delhi Capitals spinners Amit Mishra and R Ashwin. Gavaskar said it's rather pugnacious to marque a comeback aft not playing competitory cricket regularly, but Raina utilized his acquisition to measure the conditions earlier going for the large shots.
Raina was scoring astatine a run-a-ball for his archetypal 16 runs but helium opened up and got to his 50 successful conscionable 32 balls. Raina deed 4 sixes and 3 boundaries arsenic helium provided the impetus successful the middle-order, thing that CSK lacked successful the lack of their Chinna Thala successful IPL 2020 successful the UAE. CSK scored 105 runs betwixt overs 7 to 15 arsenic Raina, Moeen Ali and Ambati Rayudu kept the scoreboard moving astatine a accelerated pace.
"Very tough, precise pugnacious due to the fact that you cognize the perfect is specified that the fans are very, precise demanding. They don't expect you to fail, they privation to win successful each game. Raina would person felt the unit erstwhile helium came back. That's wherefore helium started disconnected slowly. He was beauteous overmuch scoring astatine a run-a-ball and aft that helium took off," Gavaskar told Star Sports.
"Suresh Raina, good played. What a comeback successful CSK colours!"
Raina did not play immoderate signifier of competitory cricket successful 2020 but helium made definite helium got immoderate prime signifier by featuring successful the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 contention successful January. The left-hander's hard enactment paid disconnected arsenic helium looked astatine easiness connected instrumentality to IPL connected Saturday.
"Ashwin was disoriented"
Raina played the high-quality rotation of Delhi Capitals with easiness and Gavaskar had a connection of praise for his attack against Ashwin and Mishra.
"Yes, I deliberation against a prime spinner similar R Ashwin, you can't enactment successful the crease. You person to effort and spell retired of the crease and disorient him. And helium was a spot disoriented and it showed successful the mode helium was trying to vessel antithetic from what helium does generally. And Raina, erstwhile helium hits it retired of the middle, it mostly goes into the stands. And that's what we saw today," Gavaskar added.
Raina departed for 54 but good cameos from Sam Curran and Ravindra Jadeja (15-ball 34 and 17-ball 26) helped Chennai Super Kings station 188 successful their IPL 2021 opener.