It was tough to believe that a cricketer who gave his all to the nation left the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) camp over a hotel room conflict. It was learnt that Suresh Raina felt claustrophobic in his room and wanted one like MS Dhoni 'with a balcony' in the bio-secure environment in the United Arab Emirates, that will host this season's Indian Premier League.
The outspoken CSK boss N Srinivasan termed the same Raina as the prima donna. He went on to add that 'sometimes success gets into their heads'. This is the least one could expect from the former cricket board boss who doesn't like to mince words.
But once the words are out in public it's hard to take it back. Not that CSK have not lost their reputation already a few years back. Srinivasan, however, said that CSK will back Raina. This statement, a day later, looked nothing short of a cover-up.
The real twist came when Raina returned home and said his part of the story. The CSK loyalist, who recently announced his retirement, said that the decision was largely taken as he had to address certain things at home. And to our understanding, it had to be something big, for a player to leave all the money that IPL offers and return back home during the fag end of his career. And so it turned out to be.
Various media reports said that Raina’s uncle Ashok Kumar, 58, had suffered head injuries and died on the spot when three to four members of the notorious “Kale Kachhewala” gang attacked them while they was sleeping on the terrace of their house at Pathankot’s Thariyal village. Four other members of the family were also injured in the attack.
Kaushal Kumar, 32, the elder son of Ashok, died Monday night at a private hospital, Pathankot SSP Gulneet Singh Khurana said.
Raina then rubbished the 'hotel room' related reports and said that such things have been communicated by someone who doesn't want him to succeed at the franchise. The top-order batsman, now, has also hinted that he might return to the CSK camp but the decision rests on MS Dhoni.
The entire episode in a tough situation might not only affect the morale of the side but it has also exposed the poor communication in the CSK camp.