Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina has been ruled of the out for next two IPL games due to a calf injury.
The southpaw suffered the injury during CSK’s successful run-chase against Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday. He called for the medical staff after completing against a single in the 10th over against Sunil Narine. While he continued playing, Raina was in discomfort through the remainder of his innings.
This will be the first instance of the 31-year-old missing out a CSK game since the franchise’s inception in 2008. He will miss the game against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Sunday and the home fixture against Rajasthan Royals.
Raina’s absence is the second injury problem Chennai have had since the start of the IPL. Kedar Jadhav was ruled out of the tournament with a hamstring injury earlier. His replacement David Willey is yet to arrive as his visa process has not been completed, as per ESPNCricinfo. However, South African captain Faf du Plesiss could be available for the game on Sunday.
The injury blow comes a few hours after IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla confirmed all CSK home matches will be moved out of Chennai due to security concerns. The game against KKR saw protests from several political parties against the staging of IPL games in the city during the ongoing Cauvery River water dispute with neighbouring state Karnataka. Pune will now play host to all of CSK’s remaining home fixtures.