Veteran India batsman Suresh Raina has finally responded to former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh’s recent remark that the former was MS Dhoni’s favourite cricketer. Notably, Raina has mostly played under Dhoni in the Indian team and in the Indian Premier League for Chennai Super Kings.
A few days back, Yuvraj Singh stirred controversy saying that Raina had the backing of MS Dhoni when he was the skipper. Although Raina did justice to his selection here and there but lacked consistency with the bat. Meanwhile, the cricketer from Uttar Pradesh fell on the wrong side of the radar since Virat Kohli took over the reins of the side.
Suresh Raina responds to remarks by Yuvraj Singh
Responding to the same, Suresh Raina admitted that although MS Dhoni supported him as he knew the talent in him. The out-of-favour batsman also said that the wicket-keeper batsman always cautioned him whenever the former had a rough patch with the bat.
“I would say MS definitely supported me, he supported me because he knew I have talent, I’ve done it for him, CSK and Team India, whenever he supported me. The best part about him is that he will tell you after two games, ‘If you don’t score, I’ve to take a big step.’ I said just give me one or two games, I will make sure not to repeat mistakes,” Suresh Raina said while speaking to Fancode while responding to the remarks made by Yuvraj Singh.
Furthermore, Suresh Raina also stressed on the difficulties faced by a middle-order batsman. He mostly batted at five or six in international cricket and stated that middle-order batters had to adjust to various situations during a game.
“You know, middle-order isn’t easy, every game you play sometimes you bat for 10-15 overs and sometimes for 30 overs. Our position is different and we’ve to chip in with the ball, we’ve to get 2-3 wickets and we’ve to save 15-20 runs. Middle-order has always been challenging for me, but, I’ve always taken everything positively,” Raina concluded.
Suresh Raina, who last represented India during the South Africa series in 2018 is still hopeful for a comeback. He recently took a dig at the selectors for not disclosing the reason to keep him out of the side.