It is no secret that Raina was one of Mahindra Singh Dhoni’s favourite players. And its other way round too. From Chennai Super Kings to team India, both of them have played a lot of cricket together. While playing as captain, Mahi was popularly known ‘Captain Cool’. Dhoni's calm demeanor, especially during tense moments, right through his career has been a hallmark of his personality.
But it seems his close friend Raina doesn’t agree. Speaking to Gaurav on the Breakfast With Champions show, Raina said, "There is no emotion in his eyes. Despite not wearing sunglasses, you cannot figure it out. We will be like 'come on, man. Show us some reaction'."
NAGPUR, INDIA - MARCH 15: MS Dhoni, Captain of India looks dejected as he leaves the field after he goes out during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Group 2 match between New Zealand and India at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium on March 15, 2016 in Nagpur, India. (Photo by Christopher Lee-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)
"But he does get angry, you don't see it. The cameras don't pick it up. But as soon as the telecast cuts to the ads, he will say 'Tu sudhar jaa (Get your act together)'," Raina added.
Raina further went on to say, “He (Dhoni) is a very good leader. He knows what’s going to happen next. He keeps Plan A, Plan B, Plan C ready for every situation. He carries all of them during the play. He strategizes the things a night before and executes according to the situation.”
Although both played fantastic T-20 cricket together, the teams are likely to be allowed to retain only two Indians and one overseas player in the next edition of the IPL. According to several media reports, CSK want to retain MS Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin and Faf du Plessis. Considering star left-hander Suresh Raina's record playing for Chennai, several fans won’t exactly be pleased to hear that. The reaction of the supporters compelled the franchise to issue a clarification that stating that final list of retained players has not been decided.