Suresh Raina is close to MS Dhoni considering their association of more than one decade. Apart from playing for India together, they have been part of the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. Speaking to Gaurav Kapur on the 22 Yards podcast, Raina spoke about his on-field banters with the best Indian skipper. Though the two players have mostly played for CSK, there were two seasons when they represented different teams – Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant — while the Super Kings were banned from the tournament.
During one of the matches between Gujarat and Pune, Raina revealed how Dhoni welcomed him at the crease.
“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)… When I went in to bat, Dhoni bhai said, ‘Aao aao captain sahab, aao’, and I said ‘Aare hai are hai bhai, zara peeche ho thoda!’ (I am coming brother, move aside first!). This was all very fun,” Suresh Raina said on the ’22 Yards with Gaurav Kapur’ podcast.
In another incident, when India were taking on Ireland, it was MSD who carried drinks for Raina. “We had gone to Ireland in 2018 and enjoyed ourselves there after the matches. Dhoni bhai carried drinks for me there. At one moment, he thought that I asked for a lot of gloves and bats, 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 fifties. He (Dhoni) said ‘I won’t come again, it’s very cold out here’. (chuckles) 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,” Raina revealed.