Suresh Raina’s latest tweets suggest gruesome family tragedy was the reason behind his withdrawal from IPL 2020

Former India cricketer Suresh Raina was recently in headlines when he decided to skip the 13th season of Indian Premier League (IPL) and returned to India from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The southpaw cited ‘personal reasons’ behind his return from the Gulf nation. After Raina’s IPL exit, few media reports claimed that he had…

Suresh Raina’s latest tweets suggest gruesome family tragedy was the reason behind his withdrawal from IPL 2020

Former India cricketer Suresh Raina was recently in headlines when he decided to skip the 13th season of Indian Premier League (IPL) and returned to India from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The southpaw cited ‘personal reasons’ behind his return from the Gulf nation.

After Raina’s IPL exit, few media reports claimed that he had concerns about the announcement of 13 Chennai Super Kings (CSK) members being tested positive for COVID-19 in UAE.

However, Raina has now opened up about the family tragedy which took place on August 19 and it can be considered as the reason behind his return to India.

On Tuesday (September 01), the most-capped player of IPL, took to Twitter and wrote a heart-shattering story about what happened with his family in Punjab. Raina revealed that his uncle was “slaughtered to death” and he even lost one of his cousins.

“What happened to my family is Punjab was beyond horrible. My uncle was slaughtered to death, my bua & both my cousins had severe injuries. Unfortunately, my cousin also passed away last night after battling for life for days. My bua is still very, very critical & is on life support,” tweeted Raina.

Raina requests Punjab CM to punish the culprits

In another tweet, Raina tagged Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh requesting not to leave the culprits.

“Till date, we don’t know what exactly had happened that night & who did this. I request @PunjabPoliceInd to look into this matter. We at least deserve to know who did this heinous act to them. Those criminals should not be spared to commit more crimes. @capt_amarinder @CMOPb,” Raina wrote on the micro-blogging website.

The 33-year-old has been a part of the ‘Yellow Army’ since the inaugural season of IPL. Albeit, he did play two editions of the lucrative league for Gujarat Lions (GL) in 2016 and 2017 when CSK was banned to participate in the cash-rich league due to their involvement in match-fixing.

With 5368 runs in 193 games, Raina is the second-highest run-scorer in IPL’s history.

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IPL 2020: Felt Like I Was in Prison, Great To Be Outside And Train: DC Pacer Anrich Nortje

South African pacer Anrich Nortje is relieved to be outside training as he says it felt like he was in prison due to the whole lockdown and quarantine situation. Anrich Nortje had replaced England all-rounder in the Delhi capitals lineup after the latter pulled out of the IPL to keep himself fresh for International games. According to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) the players and the support staff need quarantine for six-days on reaching UAE and go through three COVID-19 tests resulting negative, only then can they begin their training. The Delhi capitals squad have finished their mandatory six-day quarantine

IPL 2020: Felt Like I Was in Prison, Great To Be Outside And Train: DC Pacer Anrich Nortje

South African pacer Anrich Nortje is relieved to be outside training as he says it felt like he was in prison due to the whole lockdown and quarantine situation. Anrich Nortje had replaced England all-rounder in the Delhi capitals lineup after the latter pulled out of the IPL to keep himself fresh for International games.

According to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) the players and the support staff need quarantine for six-days on reaching and go through three COVID-19 tests resulting negative, only then can they begin their training. The Delhi capitals squad have finished their mandatory six-day quarantine and had started their training on Saturday.

Anrich Nortje
Anrich Nortje (Credits: Getty)

“It feels like I’ve been locked up in prison for some days, so it’s great to be outside.”: Anrich Nortje

The South African pacer who will make his debut for DC this season tells he felt like he was locked up in prison and being back on the pitch to train is great. He took the initial training easy and says will increase his intensity slowly over the next few days. He was brought in the last moment when Chris Woakes backed out to play the IPL.

“It’s good to be out and on the grass, and not on the balcony. I can’t explain, but it feels like I’ve been locked up in prison for some days, so it’s great to be outside,” he was quoted as saying in a media release.

Anrich-Nortje
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“I tried to take it easy on the first day. It will be more intense slowly but surely over the next few days. But it was so great to be bowling in an actual square,” said the right-arm fast bowler.

He was brought in the last moment when Chris Woakes backed out from playing in the IPL. Nortje tells it’s still surreal for him to be with the Delhi capitals as it happened so quick. He was in KKR’s squad the last term but didn’t get to play due to a shoulder injury.

“It’s a bit surreal to be out here, and with the Delhi Capitals. I was a late replacement, and till the time I sat on the plane I wasn’t sure if things were really happening,” added the 28-year-old.

Looking forward to playing with Kagiso Rabada: Anrich Nortje

The 28-year-old, Anrich Nortje was named Cricket South Africa’s Newcomer of the Year for 2020. He tells he is looking forward to partner with his countryman Kagiso Rabada. The pace duo would surely be a nuance for the opposition.

“I look forward to bowling with KG (Kagiso Rabada) when he gets here, and I hope that makes us a potent bowling side. We’ve definitely got the pace. It will be interesting to see how the wickets play, but I’m sure all captains would want a couple of quicks in their side to make their job a little bit easier,” said Nortje.

Kagiso Rabada
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The IPL 2020 will be played between September 19 and November 10. The venue this time is UAE and matches will be played in , Abu Dhabi and Sharjah respectively.

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