Former South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn criticised Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsman Suresh Raina after the southpaw struggled to get going in the first match of the second phase in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 against Mumbai Indians (MI) in Dubai.
CSK had lost four wickets in the powerplay and to add to their woes, Ambat Rayudu had to retire hurt after he was hit on the arm. Raina managed just four off six deliveries, but Steyn was unhappy with the way he played those six deliveries, saying that he looked like a 'schoolboy cricketer.'
“Boult started really well. That ball especially to Raina. He ran in and set that aggressive leg-side field. And you could see immediately that. He (Suresh Raina) didn’t want anything of it," Steyn told ESPNCricinfo.
"He looked like a schoolboy cricketer at a point. I couldn’t believe this was 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,” he further added.
Despite getting off to a terrible start, CSK managed to put up 156 on the board thanks to an unbeaten 88 from Ruturaj Gaikwad. They managed to sneak a 20-run win over defending champions MI to go top of the table.