Suresh Raina has been one of the phenomenal players in the Indian Cricket Team. Though he has been out of the team for quite a long while now but he is still considered as one of the gems of the team India. Currently, Raina is busy in leading the Uttar Pradesh’s cricket team in the Ranji Trophy matches. Meanwhile, he disclosed the biggest secret of former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on a talk show.
While speaking to TV presenter Gaurav Kapoor on a show called Breakfast With Champions, Raina revealed that despite being known as the coolest player of the Indian team, Dhoni does get angry at times on the field and it’s impossible to others to see it coming. Raina said,
“You cannot read it from his face that what is he thinking. He does get angry at times but he doesn’t express. After the end of any over when the cameras go off and ads are on TV, he then speaks like Sudhar jaa tu.“
Here’s the complete video (Time counter – 6:49, Raina talks about Dhoni)
Raina also mentioned an incident from an Indian vs Pakistan match and said,
“Once in an India vs Pakistan match, Umar Akmal complaint to Dhoni that I was abusing him. When Dhoni asked me what happened, then I said that I was just throwing a few balls and putting pressure on them. Mahi Bhai bole, aur de s**le ko (MS Dhoni asked me to put more pressure on them).
Raina went on to praise MS Dhoni’s leadership qualities. He said,
“He (Dhoni) is a very good game leader. He knows what’s going to happen next. He keeps 3 plans, Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, ready all the time. He carries all of them during the play. He strategises the things a night before and executes according to the situation, And that makes him calm and cool.”
“Like whenever he moves down to the crease and defends theball instead of hitting a shot, he actually wanrns the bowler that he has stepped and didn’t hit that means he could do it anytime, beware!,” Raina added.
MS Dhoni stepped out from the captaincy in the month of January this year. The Indian team has won three ICC trophies under his captaincy – 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy.