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“Hope is a good thing, may be the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

The Chennai Super Kings are having a tough phase in the initial stages of IPL 2020 and any have come to social media requesting the franchise to bring back the OG Suresh Raina. But the Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Viswanathan has ruled out the return of Suresh Raina into the squad for IPL 2020, saying the franchise respects his space and decision. Raina returned to India from the UAE citing ‘personal reasons’, but later hinted that he could even return back to the squad.

Suresh Raina
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“We cannot look at Raina because he made himself unavailable, and we respect his decision and his space. We are not thinking about it,” Viswanathan told ANI.

“I can assure the fans that we will bounce back strongly. It’s a game and you have your good and bad days. But the boys know what they need to do and the smiles will be back.”

After the game against DC, which CSK lost by 47 runs chasing 176, Dhoni admitted lack of ‘steam’ in the batting.

“We are lacking a bit of steam in the batting and that hurts. The run rate keeps on mounting after such slow starts and adds pressure, we need to figure that out. We need to come back with a clearer picture, looking at the combination. There are quite a few things we can think about. We are one batter extra to start off, so the players need to step up,” Dhoni said.

“We are a bit muddled at the moment, we are missing some key players and are trying to find a balance that allows us to be competitive,” coach Fleming said. “Again it comes to the spin bowling aspect, we are looking to develop a personality on the type of pitches we are getting. We are trying to find a combination without Raina and Rayudu. The performance against Delhi was on the weaker side in terms of intent. It has been an interesting six days and now we have the time to rectify the issues and there are a few of them.”

It’s a tough time for CSK team and it’s fans. The least they could do is to stay optimistic and look forward to the next game. CSK will play SRH on October 2 next.