IPL 2014: Controversies aside, Chennai Super Kings ready for new season, says Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina, who has scored 2802 runs from 99 games, said his teammates were thorough professionals and wanted to shrug off all the off-field issues ahead of the seventh season of IPL.

updated: April 13, 2014 16:06 IST
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Two-time Indian Premier League champions, Chennai Super Kings have been embroiled in a series of off-field controversies but if Suresh Raina is to be believed, the players will put all of that behind them as they prepare their assault on the seventh edition of the T20 tournament. (Virat Kohli talks up RCB's chances)

Former CSK team official Gurunath Meiyappan was accused of betting on his own team during last year's IPL and even served jail time while skipper MS Dhoni's name has also been dragged into the controversy that put a question-mark over IPL's credibility in 2013. (Rohit Sharma credits MI captaincy for turning new leaf)

Raina has been key to CSK's success over the last six years, having slammed 2802 runs from 99 games, the most in the history of the IPL. He took it upon himself to present a brave front for the five-time finalists. All of the bad press could not have been easy for the cricketers but Raina chose to deal with the issues with a straight bat. (Michael Hussey: Will CSK discard be MI pride)

"We are professionals and will not allow any pressure to affect our performance. The first five games can be extremely important in the IPL to build up a winning momentum and that's what we will focus on," Raina said, in an interview with Gulf News.

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