Raina, the IPL’s fourth-highest run-scorer, went unsold in the super auction for 2022 last month.
During the IPL 2022 super auction, many players made fortunes while franchises snatched up a few others as steal bargains. Unfortunately, some more experienced players, including Suresh Raina, went unsold due to a lack of interest. Despite being one of the most accomplished performances in IPL history, at the two-day tournament in Bengaluru last month, none of the clubs expressed interest in bringing Raina on board. Meanwhile, Sri Lankan cricket legend Kumar Sangakkara has explained why the senior middle-order hitter has been unable to find a buyer.
As time passes, the players change: Kumar Sangakkara is a Sri Lankan cricketer.
It can be viewed in a variety of ways. Players change with time, and newer players establish fresh reputations,” Sangakkara stated, as quoted by Zee News.
“In the case of Suresh Raina, his IPL cricket reputation is unrivalled. He has been an incredible legend after season, consistently ranking among the most outstanding performers. When you get down to the nitty-gritty, it’s possible that the player isn’t right for that season. It doesn’t negate the fact that the player is one of the best or exceptional quality, and it’s something that analysts, coaches, and owners seek for,” he continued.
Suresh Raina has 5528 runs from 205 matches at an average of 32.52 and a strike rate of 136.73, including a century and 39 half-centuries, making him the tournament’s fourth-highest run-scorer.
Meanwhile, Sangakkara has been retained as the Rajasthan Royals’ head coach for the IPL 2022 season, which begins on March 26. Kerala stumper Sanju Samson will lead the team for the second time. Last season, RR had a forgettable campaign, finishing ninth. After rebuilding their squad this time around, a new-look Rajasthan will be hoping to make apologies.