‘Want to win IPL for Dhoni’
WHEN the Indian team won the 2011 ICC World Cup, Suresh Raina, just like his teammates, ran towards Sachin Tendulkar, lifted him on his shoulders and took a victory lap of the Wankhede Stadium.
Come May 27, Raina wants to repeat history at the same venue in Mumbai - this time for long-time friend Mahendra Singh Dhoni, his skipper at the Chennai Super Kings.
“MS (Dhoni) delivered a very moving speech when our team gathered in Chennai before the start of this year's IPL. He got quite emotional. He cares so much for Chennai, we all do. He has been amazing for CSK since 2008 and is one of the nicest guys around. So this time, we want to win the IPL for Dhoni,” revealed Raina in an exclusive chat with MAIL TODAY after arriving in Delhi for their penultimate game of the group stage. “He gets criticised so often and every time answers his critics back through his performance. Sometimes, you need to see it from an emotional side as well. We definitely have a team which can win it for MS this time.
“You need to do something every time he turns up and that is the reason we want to win the IPL for Dhoni. Hopefully, by God's grace, we will win the final this time, we haven't done it since 2011 so I really want to do it this time,” he added.
With eight wins from 12 games so far, Chennai doesn’t look like a side returning to the tournament after a gap of two years. “We are all ready for the playoffs. Those will be difficult games but our unit is very confident right now.”