The fans of Team India across generations, and even the current and former players, all have their favourite captain, whom they cheered on relentlessly and had the confidence on to lead the team forward. From the maiden world cup winning skipper Kapil Dev to the current man on the helm Virat Kohli, all have one captain that they put above the others. Likewise, veteran Men in Blue squad member Suresh Raina reveals the leader who he appreciates the most, and its none other than the iconic Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
While currently off from international duty since the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, its no doubt that under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, India has enjoyed the most stellar achievements in the past decade.
Suresh Raina has been one of Dhoni’s most trusted lieutenant throughout his career, from international matches to the Indian Premier League, where he is an inevitable member of the Chennai Super Kings, led by Dhoni.
On CSK’s official broadcast ‘The Super Kings show’ on Star Sports Tamil, Raina lauded Dhoni’s contribution for reforming the Indian team. He 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.”
It took just three years for Dhoni to be named India’s captain from his debut back in 2004. From winning the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, to lifting Men in Blue’s second ICC World Cup trophy in 2011, MSD’s list of honours for the team goes on.
Raina himself has managed the role of captain in some ODI and T20 matches, but has enjoyed domestic and international trophies under Dhoni, winning the 2011 world cup and also three IPL trophies with CSK. Making his first international appearance for India in 2005, the 33 year old specialist batsman has earned 226 ODI caps.
While there has been no update on Dhoni’s comeback to limited overs cricket for Team India, and with a major hint from BCCI with dropping his name from the 2020 contracts list, the 38 year old veteran will be in action in this year’s IPL, with Raina under his leadership.