IPL 2018: Consistent Suresh Raina Shows Why He is Indispensable for CSK

    Cricketnext Staff | Updated: May 22, 2018, 9:35 AM IST
    IPL 2018: Consistent Suresh Raina Shows Why He is Indispensable for CSK

    Suresh Raina of the Chennai Super Kings (BCCI)

    Suresh Raina showed yet again why he is Mr. Dependable for Chennai Super Kings as he played a match-winning knock against Kings XI Punjab, scoring an unbeaten 61 off just 48 balls as he guided Chennai to a 5-wicket win in their final group stage match.

    Raina has also now become the only batsman to score more than 300 runs in all the IPL seasons he has played. He has 391 runs to his name in 13 games, at an average of 39.10 with highest of unbeaten 75, which came against the Mumbai Indians.

    Against Kings XI, it was a trademark Raina innings as he came in after Rayudu departed early and then took his time to settle in before targeting the bowlers. He also played the short-ball well, which is seen as one of the chinks in his armory.

    The southpaw has had bit of an up-and-down season, but has still scored 4 half-centuries.

    Rohit Sharma was the only other player who had such a consistent run in the season, but the Mumbai Indians skipper had a poor outing this time around as he could muster only 286 runs in 14 matches.

    Mumbai Indians also had to face an early exit this year, being knocked out in the group stages after going down to Delhi Daredevils in the last game of the group stages.

    Raina will get further chances to add to his tally as he still has minimum two games remaining, starting with the Qualifier against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

    He will certainly be the key for Chennai Super Kings if they are to make a winning return to the IPL.
    First Published: May 21, 2018, 4:08 PM IST

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