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- Chennai Super Kings vice captain Suresh Raina and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh withdraw from IPL
- Harbhajan Singh took 150 wickets in 160 IPL matches, he is third in the list of top-5 bowlers.
- This time IPL will be held in UAE from 19 September to 10 November due to coronavirus
Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh have withdrawn from the season-13 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to personal reasons. He plays for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. His removal has added to the problems for Dhoni and the 3-time Chennai team, as both are among the most successful players in the IPL.
Off-spinner Harbhajan holds the record for most 1249 dot balls in the IPL. At the same time, Suresh Raina is the second batsman to score the highest 5368 runs in the tournament. Raina at number three has the ability to increase the pace of runs according to the situation. Whereas, Bhajji not only takes wickets of the opposition team, but can also control the run rate.
Only two batsmen could score more than 5000 runs in IPL, Raina is the second player
Raina has scored these runs in 193 matches at an average of 33.34. So far in IPL history, there are only two batsmen who have scored more than 5000 runs, of which Raina is second. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli has scored 5412 runs in 177 matches in terms of highest run in the tournament.
Raina’s strike rate is better than Kohli’s. Kohli has scored at a strike rate of 131.61. At the same time, Raina has scored at a strike rate of 137.14.
Harbhajan is the third bowler to have taken the most wickets
Called Turbonator, Harbhajan has taken 150 wickets in 160 matches of IPL at an average of 26.44. In this case they are at number three. In this case, Sri Lankan bowler Lasith Malinga of Mumbai Indians is at the top. He has taken 170 wickets in 122 matches.
At the same time, Bhajji’s economy rate is better than Malinga’s. Malinga has scored runs at an economy rate of 7.14. At the same time, Harbhajan’s economy rate is 7.05.
Sentner may get more chances after Bhajji
Apart from Harbhajan, the team has three spinners. These include South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir, New Zealand left-handed Mitchell Sentner and Indian leg-spinner Piyush Chawla. Senter may get more chances after Bhajji. He has played only four matches of the league, taking 4 wickets. However, playing for New Zealand, he has taken 52 wickets in 44 T20 Internationals at an average of 21.08.
Bhajji is also a great batsman in the lower order
Harbhajan has also scored 829 runs in the tournament. In this case, even though they are at number 80, it is very important for the team to score in this way by coming in at number 9 or 10th in the lower order.
Dhoni can bat above in Raina’s absence
If Raina is not there, Dhoni can come up to bat. In this situation he will need a new finisher in his place. This responsibility can fall on Kedar Jadhav. The role of all-rounder Sam Curren and Ravindra Jadeja may also change. At the same time, after the departure of Raina from the team, team owner N Srinivasan has indicated that young Rituraj Gaikwad may get the role of Raina.
Raina is also a bowler and fielder
As a bowler, Raina has taken a total of 25 wickets in the IPL. This figure may seem small, but Dhoni used Raina to stop the run pace in the middle overs and break the partnership. Also, Raina is a great fielder.