IPL 2018: Harsha Bhogle calls Suresh Raina an IPL Legend

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IPL 2018: Suresh Raina is an IPL legend – Harsha Bhogle 

IPL 2018: Suresh Raina is an IPL legend – Harsha Bhogle
Suresh Raina.

Veteran Australian all-rounder Shane Watson slaughtered it all against his former team Rajasthan Royals on Friday.

But one man who was among the runs was Suresh Raina. Having recovered from a calf injury, Raina played a good hand of 46 off 29 balls.

The southpaw took calculated risks and found the boundary on nine occasions. Cricket commentator, Harsha Bhogle was in all praise for the stylish top-order batter. Being one of the most successful scorers in the IPL, Harsha called him an ‘IPL legend’.

Raina was retained by the Chennai franchise ahead of the IPL auction. There were solid reasons to get him back on board.

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The left-hand batsman has scored 4604 runs at an average of 33.85. He has 31 fifties to his name along with a hundred. The batsman is currently the second highest run-getter in the history of the IPL after Virat Kohli.

MS Dhoni IPL 2018
MS Dhoni said the side needs to keep the fitness level up. Image Courtesy: BCCI

“I spoke to MS quickly on the bus, I asked him how was feeling, and he said he was feeling better. He is at the training today. Much of the same with Raina, confident.” former CSK cricketer Michael Hussey had said before the game.

But little did the crowd in Pune know that their idol will play a match-winning knock.

We can’t replace Raina: Fleming

Coach of the CSK team, Stephen Fleming had earlier said it is not possible to replace Raina, but they will do a lot of thinking for finding a replacement, as the cricketer was nursing an injury ahead of the match against Punjab.

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“We can’t replace him. He is one of the best performer in the IPL and highest run scorer, so we can’t replace him, but we have just got to find a way to minimise his loss,” he said.

Suresh Raina, IPL 2018 MS Dhoni
Suresh Raina is in line to play next tie against Rajasthan Royals. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

“We have got good players in our set up. Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay who has played here (in Mohali) last year… So, these are guys with points to prove with international experience and when they get the chance they would do their best to do what Suresh Raina can do.” Fleming added.

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