Chennai owner and former BCCI President, N Srinivasan recently came out in public to speak about Suresh Raina's decision of pulling out of the 13th edition of the Indian T20 League, saying that the southpaw will realise what he is missing, including 'all the money'.
Srinivasan's comments came after reports emerged that Raina had a rift with MS Dhoni and he was struggling to cope with the strict protocols of the bio-bubble. The 33-year-old was said to be unhappy with his hotel room and demanded the same one as captain MS Dhoni. While the CHE team was quarantined, Raina's room not having proper balconies suddenly took the centre stage.
Reacting to it, the former BCCI President said, "Cricketers are like prima donnas ... like the temperamental actors of the olden days. Chennai have always been like a family and all seniors players have learnt to co-exist."
"The season has not begun yet and Raina will certainly realise what he is missing and certainly all the money (a salary of 11 crores per season) he is going to lose," he added.
These words haven't boded well amongst the Chennai faithful, as they have voiced their support for Suresh Raina, saying that the southpaw has 'put his heart & soul for Chennai. This is what the fans are saying:
If N.Srinivasan @SriniMaama16 & S.Raina news is— Mahin (@mahiban4u) August 30, 2020
a) true ..
It’s absolute disgrace of CSK Boss to talk abt CSK’s own lieutenant Chinna Thala who has served CSK over the years so faithfully. He’s gotta apologise to Raina & get him back in flight ✈️ to UAE asap.
Suresh Raina has put his heart & soul for Chennai Super Kings ( CSK ).— Akki (@BeFearlessBhai) August 30, 2020
Never gets into controversy, debates or fights.
All these years, he never spoke a word against CSK. For him, CSK is family.
But, Srinivasan calling Raina 'prima donna' 👎🏻#JusticeForRaina #SureshRaina pic.twitter.com/E7yvFTmfBE
I believe in Suresh Raina not that Fraud Fixer Srinivasan 😄— Manas (@CricManas) August 30, 2020
Guy retired at the age of 33 with Dhoni and he says there's a Rift between him and Dhoni 😂
Nice way of giving it back to the most selfless and humble legend 👏👏#SureshRaina
N. Srinivasan is a vile cunning fox. Can't take his views seriously. He was after all the guy who sacked Vengsarkar for picking up a young talent over a domestic mug. That young talent is now the 🐐.— Sai krishna (@SaiKingkohli) August 30, 2020
N Srinivasan going all out attack against Suresh Raina is not in good taste . Raina has been a solid loyal player for CSK even if mistake is from Raina, Srini Mama should not behave like as if he owns them personally too .— Vijay Sriram Iyengar (@Sriram_sv) August 30, 2020
He is your vice captain .— scorecric (@scorecric9) August 31, 2020
He is serving you from season 1 .
He is loyal to you .
The rifts should be kept behind the doors . At least give some respect to the player who is with you from so long .@ChennaiIPL @ImRaina #Raina #Srinivasan
Feature image courtesy: AFP / Sajjad Hussain