‘Want to win IPL for Dhoni’

Mail Today - - SPORTS - By Ateet Sharma in New Delhi

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.”

Suresh Raina

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