The mega-auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 is currently underway in Bengaluru. While Shreyas Iyer has grabbed highlights with the costliest buy among the marquee players, IPL veteran Suresh Raina went unsold on Day 1 of the bidding process.
Raina, who is known as Mr IPL, had a base price of INR 2 crore, but he failed to draw a single bid during the auction proceedings. Notably, Raina is one of the biggest names in IPL history and has been the mainstay of the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) since the inception of the cash-rich league.
Raina has played 205 matches in the lucrative tournament, amassing 5,528 runs at an average of 32.52 and strike rate of 136.73. He was part of team CSK during their championship run in 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2021.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
In 2022, Suresh Raina has gone unsold.
Time flies. Oh, the glory days of Raina in the IPL.
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) February 12, 2022
Changing times. One of the greats of the IPL, Suresh Raina goes unsold.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 12, 2022
MR. IPL SURESH RAINA IS UNSOLD.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) February 12, 2022
No one has picked Suresh Raina – it is surprising. Has been one of the finest players in the IPL. I am sure some team will pick him later
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) February 12, 2022
Can’t believe this shit Suresh Raina unsold 🤯🤯😳😳 #SureshRaina 😔
— Aly Goni (@AlyGoni) February 12, 2022
Suresh Raina. The man who made me fall in love w CSK and the game. The man who won CSK matches w ease. It is heartbreaking honestly. I genuinely hope he gets a team in the accelerated auction man. pic.twitter.com/lIjVRLjRV2
— Aneesh (@AneeshKulkarn11) February 12, 2022
The most consistent player of IPL, Suresh Raina goes unsold. And you think you are very important to your company.
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) February 12, 2022
Suresh Raina unsold. pic.twitter.com/5Y5PfJAvoy
— Heisenberg ☢ (@internetumpire) February 12, 2022