MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina have been two of the most loved and cherished cricketers of team India. Recently, both the cricketers left their fans shocked and heartbroken after they announced their retirement from international cricket. While they have bid goodbye to the international cricket, both the cricketers will be soon seen playing for Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.
Recently, in an interview with cricket commentator and journalist Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz, Suresh Raina said that Chennai Super Kings have eleven captains in their squad. Not just this, he called CSK’s skipper MS Dhoni – the King who sits on top and guides them all. He said:
“In our team, everyone is the captain, with Bravo leading the side, Faf is there, Ashwin led the side, MS is there forever. Then we have me, I have led India and in IPL also. I think we have eleven captains but we have a king sitting on the top who knows how to see the bigger picture from behind the stumps,”
He further said that he is very grateful to the CSK and MS dhoni to help him grow as a player. On being asked how has the CSK embraced both Dhoni and Raina so well despite the fact that both the cricketer belong from different places. To which, Raina said:
“I like the set up (of CSK), they are very professional as they take care of players so well,” He added: “Dhoni and I have been together since our early day’s camps in 2003-2004. We used to have camps in Bangalore and we know each other well. I really felt he is the guy who can change the game around and the personality. He helped me, supported my family during tough times.”
He further revealed how MS Dhoni guided during his toughest period. He said:
“He helped me during a tough time in 2007 when I had an operation. The one and half year made me a tougher man and Dhoni guided me during that period as well.”
He also said that he will always be indebted to the CSK fans for their love and support to the team. He revealed:
“It’s pure love and blessing. It’s like being Jai and Viru from Sholay. They really enjoy our game and love us,” said Raina on getting adulation from Chennai fans.
“When we go down South, we have a lot of responsibility but they enjoy our cricket. It’s only because of the fans. They treat us really well, they give us a lot of freedom to express ourselves,”
Meanwhile, the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League will kickstart from September 19th in UAE and the fans are as excited as they could get.