Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina recalls the moment when he had friendly banter with MS Dhoni.
Apart from playing together in cricket MS Dhoni and Raina shares a brotherhood which always showcases their friendship depth. Especially when Raina and Dhoni announced their retirement at the same time the cricket world was shocked on seeing their bonding.
Raina Dhoni Banter
Suresh Raina also made another shocking announcement that he will retire from IPL too when MS Dhoni decides to end his IPL carrier.
In a recent interaction, Raina recalled a time when he faced different emotions facing RPS, especially Dhoni.
Raina told Gaurav Kapur, on the latest episode of 22 Yarns Podcast uploaded on Spotify, “Yes, there were mixed emotions. I remember we were playing in Rajkot and, Ashwin was bowling’ McCullum was at the non-striker end; I was batting; Dhoni bhai was keeping; Faf du Plessis was standing at first slip. It felt like we were playing the Kanga League of my neighborhood! (chuckles),” Raina said.
Raina also recalled the welcome Dhoni gave him. “When I went in to bat, Dhoni bhai said, ‘Aao aao captain sahab, aao’, (Welcome captain) and I said ‘Aare hai are hai bhai, zara peeche ho thoda!’ (I am coming brother, move aside first!). This was all very fun,” Raina said.
Raina narrated another incident from a T20I in Ireland when Dhoni was not part of the team and the latter brought out drinks for the left-hander. “We had gone to Ireland in 2018, and enjoyed ourselves thereafter the matches. Dhoni Bhai carried drinks for me there,” Raina recalled.
“I remember one moment. Dhoni Bhai thought that I often ask a lot for gloves and bats while batting, so he brought the whole kit bag to the ground and said: ‘Take whatever you want, don’t call me again. I think I was batting alongside Rahul and we both had hit the fifties. He (Dhoni) said ‘I won’t come again, it’s very cold out here”. (chuckles),” Raina further said.
“I still said, ‘Do one thing, bring a grip as well”. And he replied:
‘Bohot bade waala hai tu, tu rukja, paani pi, mai leke aata hu’. So it was that kind of fun. I thought to myself that I’ll take full revenge that day,” he further revealed.
MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina will return to play together for Chennai Super Kings which restarts from 19 September 2021 at UAE.