- Under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, Suresh Raina was instrumental in the Indian team.
- Raina last played for India in the 2018 season but remains an integral part of the Chennai Super Kings squad.
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Former all-rounder, Yuvraj Singh How Southpaw recently shared his views Suresh Raina Was supported by MS Dhoni He was captain of the Indian cricket team while serving as the two-time World Cup winning captain.
Yuvraj also highlighted how the left-handed batsman is perhaps Dhoni’s favorite player, the reason for his successful tenure in the Indian team.
Speaking to Sports Talk, the all-rounder claimed that the support of Suresh Raina Dhoni influenced the left-hander’s selection of playing XI in the World Cup final.
“Suresh Raina got even bigger support because MS backed him. Every captain has a favorite player and I think Mahi really supported Raina at that time,” Yuvraj said.
Suresh Raina made his ODI debut in India at Rahul Dravid under the leadership of Rahul Dravid. More than a year later South Africa’s T20 debut against South Africa led by Virender Sehwag was made in December 2006.
Suresh Raina gets Yusuf Pathan in the final of the World Cup
Although the Uttar Pradesh-based cricketer did not make it to the inaugural World Twenty20, he was named to the Chennai Super Kings squad for the IPL 20. When Dhoni once took over as captain of the Indian cricket team, the southpaw was the leading name.
The batting all-rounder also made India’s 25 World Cup squads, and the young man recalled how Yusuf Pathan was picked for the left-hander.
“Yusuf Pathan was also doing well at the time and I was doing well, picking wickets. Raina was not in good touch at that time. They did not have left-handed spinners at the time and I was picking up wickets, so they did not play.” Added.
Suresh Raina has played 5 Tests, 226 ODIs and T 78 T20Is for India, but for the last time in the 2018 national team against England in Leeds ODI. However, Southwestern remains an integral part of CSK in the IPL and will be playing the Dhoni-led franchise after IPL 2020 starts later this year.
Published 19 April 2020, 12:23 IST