Raina
Raina

Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina landed in a controversy after a commentary during Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2021 where he asserted his Brahmin identity and said that he relates to the culture of Chennai.

Suresh Raina lands in controversy

It is hard to explain the bond between Chennai and Suresh Raina, apart from being a player of CSK, Chennai peoples loves him more than cricket and used to call him as China Thala.

Suresh Raina has been an integral part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and was speaking about his connection with Chennai.

The first match of the TNPL 2021 season was played between Lyca Kovai Kings and Salem Spartans on Monday.

During the match, a commentator asked Suresh Raina, who is part of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) squad in the Indian Premier League (IPL), how he has embraced the south Indian culture, given he has been seen wearing a veshti, dancing, and whistling — CSK’s catch phrase is “whistle podu” (blow the whistle).

Raina, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, said, “I think, I am also Brahmin. I have been playing since 2004 in Chennai, I love the culture… I love my teammates. I have played with Anirudha Srikanth, Badri (Subramaniam Badrinath), Bala Bhai (L Balaji)… I think you need to learn something good from there. We have a good administration, we have the license to explore ourselves. I love the culture there, and I’m lucky to be part of CSK. Hopefully, we will play more matches there.”

Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina will be playing the remaining matches with the Chennai Super Kings in the concluding season of the IPL 2021 which is scheduled to begin from September 19 in UAE.