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Insights from Suresh Raina: Reflecting on CSK 2016 Ban

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In the ongoing IPL 2024 T20 cricket series, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) find themselves facing an uphill battle to retain the trophy. Formerly led by the iconic Indian captain MS Dhoni, Chennai has long been considered one of the most successful teams in the IPL. With 12 playoff qualifications out of 14 seasons, 10 final appearances, and 5 championship trophies, CSK has carved its name as a powerhouse in the T20 format. Additionally, with 2 Champions League T20 titles under their belt, Chennai is widely regarded as one of the best Premier T20 teams globally.

However, the 2016 season brought unprecedented challenges for the franchise. Following allegations of wrongdoing, Chennai Super Kings found themselves banned for two years. The ban stemmed from a gambling complaint, marking what many consider to be the darkest chapter in the team’s illustrious history.

Suresh Raina, one of the key players in the CSK setup, shed some light on the events surrounding the ban during a recent interview. Raina emphasized the innocence of the players, stressing that they were unaware of the events leading to the ban. He explained that while the team’s owners were found to be involved in betting, the players themselves were not implicated in any wrongdoing.

“In 2016, I went to the Gujarat team. Dhoni went to Pune. Whatever happened in that matter must have happened between the owners of the teams,” Raina stated.

He highlighted the stringent anti-corruption measures in place within Indian cricket, stating, “As players, we don’t know what happened. Our mobile phones are kept outside during every match. So we players can’t do anything. Anti-corruption in India is very strong. You can’t even imagine it. Because you have to go to jail.”

Raina also pointed out that despite allegations, nothing was ever proven against the Rajasthan players who were reportedly involved in gambling.

Reflecting on the ban, Raina spoke about the shock and uncertainty the players felt when the news broke. “When we heard the news, we froze. That year (2013) we played in the final against Mumbai and got banned for 2 years. However, we came back from it and won the trophy.”

He also addressed the criticism the team faced upon their return, saying, “Then some people called us Daddy Army. However, it was those daddies who scored more than 500 runs and won the trophy with their daughters.”

Despite the challenges and controversies, Chennai Super Kings made a remarkable comeback, clinching the IPL trophy upon their return to the tournament. Raina’s insights provide a glimpse into the tumultuous period and the resilience shown by the CSK players in the face of adversity.