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The chief of India Cements and the owner of the Chennai Super Kings franchise N Srinivasan, has said that his recent comments on Suresh Raina were taken out of context while citing that they will stand by him. He also said that it is important to understand what he is going through now.

N Srinivasan told Times of India. "Raina's 'contribution to the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise is second to none and it is unfortunate that people are trying to put two and two together to drive a wedge. His contribution to the CSK franchise has been phenomenal through the years.”

On Sunday, Outlook has quoted Srinivasan as saying: "Cricketers are like prima donnas ... like the temperamental actors of the olden days. Chennai Super Kings have always been like a family and all seniors players have learned to co-exist. My thinking is that if you are reluctant or not happy, go back. I don't force anyone to do anything ... sometimes success gets into your head.”

N, Srinivasan and MS Dhoni  IPL
N, Srinivasan and MS Dhoni (Image Credits: Sports360)

He further added that MS Dhoni has assured him about the game even if the numbers will increase. He spoke to the players through a zoom call and urged them to stay safe amid this crunch situation.

"These boys, they’re family," he said. "They’ve been family for over a decade now. When I said ‘cricketers are like prima donnas’, it wasn’t in a negative sense. A prima donna is a lead singer in an opera. Similarly, cricketers are always at the forefront of an exercise like this."

Meanwhile, according to the report, Raina felt claustrophobic in the bio-secure bubble, after 13 members from his side tested positive for COVID-19. And, Outlook also reported that Suresh Raina had an issue with the team management as well. He has so far played 164 matches in yellow which is four games more than MS Dhoni's 160. Apart from that, he is also their highest ever run-getter as well.

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