It hurts more than anything else- Fans are disheartened as CSK omit Raina from playing XI for Qualifier 1

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Delhi Capitals (DC) are taking on each other in the ongoing Qualifier 1 of the IPL 2021 game in Dubai. Both teams are trying their best to win the match in order to book their place in the finale of the league.

CSK skipper won the toss and elected to bowl first. Suresh Raina was not included in the playing XI as CSK went in with an unchanged side. Tom Curran was included in place of Ripal Patel as far as Delhi Capitals are concerned.

Here are the playing XIs:

CSK XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood

DC XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (w/c), Tom Curran, Axar Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje

Suresh Raina’s fans were not happy with his exclusion. Here is how they reacted.

Earlier, former KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir stated that head-to-head records don’t matter in playoffs.

“Head to head records don’t matter in these qualifiers. The only thing that matters is that this is the playoffs. Each team is under the same amount of pressure. A couple of bad overs can break your chances of winning, so both CSK and DC will have an equal amount of pressure.”