Dhoni best captain of India, believes Raina
India left-hand batsman Suresh Raina insists that MS Dhoni is the best captain India have ever had, and added that the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings are very lucky to have Dhoni’s aura in the dressing room.
Raina, who was part of India’s 2011 World Cup winning team under the captaincy of Dhoni, and also played under Dhoni in the Chennai team for most of his IPL career, said: “I think we have the best captain who has changed the Indian team like anything. Now we have that same aura in our dressing room.”
While the 38-year-old Dhoni has already retired from red-ball cricket, his future in the limited overs formats is a subject of intense speculation. The upcoming 2020 edition of IPL will see the return of the wicketkeeper-batsman to cricketing action, as he has been on a break since playing in the 2019 World Cup for India.
Meanwhile the 33-year-old was also delighted and expressed his excitement about playing with Chennai’s latest acquisitions, noting that the side has a very good balance of young and experienced players this year.
“This year we have a lot of new talent in our team. Piyush (Chawla) is there, then we have Hazelwood, Sam Curran, Sai Kishore from Tamil Nadu, he has been bowling really well for them. So, I think we have a lot of mixture of youngsters and seniors,” he said on ‘The Super Kings show’ on Star Sports Tamil.
This year’s IPL will see the three restricted stands at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai finally being reopened. Referring to that, Raina requested the supporters to fill the venue every time CSK play in their home ground.
“We have all the seats available. Hopefully, we’ll have more fans now so that there is it will be more energy on the field,” he said.