Even as Chennai lost out on the Indian Premier League (IPL) fixtures, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) players took to social media to thank the fans of Chennai for their support. The cricketers also admitted that they were ‘sad’ to leave Chennai.
“Gutted that we have had to move from Chepauk, the atmosphere was unbelievable!
Thoughts with the fan who was badly hurt last night, no one should go to watch & end up in hospital. Hope he recovers soon & all issues are resolved. Keep supporting us it makes a huge difference!,” Super Kings’ new star Sam Billings wrote on Twitter.
Suresh Raina wrote: “Will miss playing on your home ground and entertaining our #Chennai fans this season…You are always in our hearts. On to #Pune now! #IPL2018.”
Former Australia cricketer and Super Kings’ batting coach, Michael Hussey, wrote: “Very sad that we have to play our remaining home games away from Chennai. Feeling for the players and the fans but also hoping for a peaceful and swift resolution to the current problems. Thanks for the incredible support of all the Csk fans.”
Harbhajan Singh was also dejected with the news. “Heart breaking news..no more ipl games in chennai.. fans have waited two years for CSK to play in front of them at home..hope all the issues get solved soon and matches comes back to chennai soon...Thank u for your love,wishes,prayers would be needed all the time..,” Harbhajan wrote.
South African spinner Imran Tahir wrote: “Extremely sad to leave chennai.All I got here is warm welcome and unconditional love.Hopefully everything will be good when we come back here next year.Pls keep supporting us.yendrendrum anbudan ungal udanpirava sagotharan #vettaikku ready a ?”
Local boy Murali Vijay too expressed his views. "You may take the game out of Chennai, but you can’t take away the passion out of Chennaities Feeling helpless for the thousands of @ChennaiIPL fans. Hopefully, the future endeavours will be dealt in a meaningful manner #gutted"