Former South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn has slammed Suresh Raina following his horror knock against Mumbai Indians on Sunday. The veteran Chennai Super Kings batter looked in utter discomfort six-ball stay in the middle before getting out to a rash shot.
The southpaw, who returned to cricket after a gap of almost four months, looked completely out of his shocks against some quality pace bowling of Trent Boult. He tried to slog his way out of trouble before holing out to Rahul Chahar.
Rayudu injured, Suresh Raina looking totally out of sorts, I'd be surprised if Robin Utthappa doesn't play the next game!
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) September 19, 2021
Speaking on ESPNcricinfo, Dale Steyn stated that Suresh Raina looked like a “school-boy” cricketer during his innings against KKR.
“He (Suresh Raina) didn’t want anything of it. He looked like a schoolboy cricketer at a point. I couldn’t believe this is an international player doing what he was doing, almost embarrassing that he broke his bat and got out. Had that gone for six, maybe I won’t have said that but it is what we saw,” Steyn said.
Suresh Raina managed only four runs, but a brilliant innings from Ruturaj Gaikwad followed by a late show by Dwayne Bravo paved Chennai Super Kings to 156 runs, which in the end proved too much for the defending champions.
“Almost perfect Test match bowling” – Dale Steyn praises Trent Boult and Adam Milne
The Kiwi duo of Adam Milne and Trent Boult wreaked havoc with the new ball against Chennai Super Kings’ top-order that earned praise from all quarters. Dale Steyn also lauded them for their brilliant effort with the new ball.
“It was perfect bowling, almost perfect Test match bowling. They ran in, they hit the length really hard. Couple of lucky dismissals too. The semi bouncer to Dhoni, who gets a lot of it and gets caught at deep square. Little things like that went the way of bowlers when they bowl well and Milne and Boult started really well,” Steyn concluded.