Indian cricketer Suresh Raina’s uncle Ashok Kumar was killed in Pathankot while four other family members have suffered injuries. They were attacked by robbers on August 19 this month.
As per the report from Daily Jagran, the family was attacked when they sleeping on the terrace of their house. However, the culprits of the attack are yet to known. The police have confirmed the news but the investigation is still going on.
“It is being said that Asha Devi, sister of Raina’s father is fighting for her life in the hospital, while his uncle, identified as 58-year-old Ashok Kumar died in the attack. His cousins – 32-year-old Kaushal Kumar and 24-year-old Apin Kumar also sustained injuries in the attack. Deceased Ashok Kumar’s 80-year-old mother also sustained serious injuries in the attack,” the report said.
“Meanwhile, the police have paced their investigation after getting to know that the victims are the close relatives of Suresh Raina. A team of police and forensic experts have collected evidence from the spot. The police also took help from the dog squad to identify the attackers but failed to get any clue,” it added.
Earlier today, Suresh Raina has left to India and will not take part in IPL 2020 due to personal reasons. The CEO of Chennai Super Kings KS Viswanathan has confirmed the news and the franchise also released an official statement.
On the other hand, Suresh Raina also recently announced retirement from international cricket. He announced few moments after MS Dhoni announced his own retirement. However, fans were eagerly waiting to see the 33-year old in IPL 2020 ever since. But they will have to wait for another year to see Chinna Thala in action.
Chennai Super Kings Need Raina’s Replacement Quickly
With Raina deciding to not take part in IPL 2020, the onus is on Chennai Super Kings board to find a suitable replacement for the southpaw. But it will not be an easy task for the management at this moment.
Apart from the massive corona crisis with in Chennai team, IPL 2020 is fast arriving. In less than 20 days, the management needs to find a replacement and integrate him into CSK. Suresh Raina is their most important batsman as he single handedly won them many games in the past.
However, Chennai Super Kings can use Ambati Rayudu in the middle order and use Murali Vijay or Faf du Plessis to partner Shane Watson at the top. This will work as a stop gap solution for the team in the initial matches.