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CSK Looks to Minimise the Loss of Irreplaceable Raina

CSK Looks to Minimise the Loss of Irreplaceable Raina

Having been struck by some recent mishaps, most importantly Raina’s injury, CSK looks for someone to minimise the loss during the star player’s absence.

VIVO IPL 2018: We cannot replace the highest run-scorer in the history of IPL, says Fleming

The comeback season for the two times IPL champions have been great on the field, bagging two victories out of two. But off the field, a long list of injured players and the change of home ground is making the management uncomfortable.

"There's obviously been a lot going on. I guess the positive is we've had two wins in two,” said CSK head coach Stephen Fleming, “Yet disappointed to be leaving Chennai. We sat in the auction to pick a team that was based on conditions of Chennai and we're disappointed that we only got one home game.”

"But we have to adjust. We got injuries as well, other teams have got injuries but a couple of injuries to key Indian batsmen is again a challenge. But that's a part of the IPL.”

When asked about Raina’s place in the team, Fleming said, "We can't replace him (Raina), he's one of the best performing players in the IPL and the highest run-scorer in the history (of the league). So we can't replace him, we just got to find a way to minimise his loss.”

“We've got good players in our set-up - Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay who's played here last year. (This is) an opportunity for someone else but you'd like to get someone like Suresh Raina back into your side as quick as possible. The blessing is we've got another four days in between and there might be a chance that he could be fit for the next game but we won't rush him.”

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RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

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1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75