Suresh Raina Says 'MS Dhoni's Six' Among His Favourite 2011 World Cup Memories

Suresh Raina Says ‘MS Dhoni’s Six’ Among His Favourite 2011 World Cup Memories

MS Dhoni hits six in ICC World Cup 2011 final. (Credits - Getty)

Suresh Raina was an integral part of the 2011 World Cup winning squad and recalled some of his favourite memories from the marquee event. On the night of final at the Wankhede stadium, Sri Lanka opted to bat. Senior batsman Mahela Jayawardene remained unbeaten on 103 to play the role of a sheet anchor as Sri Lanka posted the score of 274/6 on board in the stipulated 50 overs.

In response, India lost Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar early but Gautam Gambhir (97) stood on the crease maintained the momentum for the side. Virat Kohli played an important cameo before MS Dhoni (91*) stepped on the crease and took the matters in his own hands well supported by Yuvraj Singh (21*) from the other end.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir (L) and MS Dhoni (R). Credit: Twitter

But it was the six from Dhoni which is etched in the mind of cricket lovers.  “I have three memories from 2011 World Cup, Dhoni hitting six, picking Sachin Tendulkar on shoulder and picking coach Gary Kirsten on  shoulder,” Suresh Raina told on WTF Sports.

Raina recently called time on his career. Minutes after MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket, out-of-favour India batsman Suresh Raina also called time on his career. Raina will however continue to be an integral part of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise. The top-order batsman followed the path which MS Dhoni chose as he also announced his retirement on Instagram.

Raina had been far from contention to play for the Indian cricket team. He made his last international appearance in 2018 during India’s tour of England and since then has been out-of-favour of the side.

Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina
MOHALI, INDIA – MARCH 30: Yuvraj Singh of India celebrates with team mate Suresh Raina after taking the wicket of Younus Khan of Pakistan during the 2011 ICC World Cup second Semi-Final between India and Pakistan at Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium on March 30, 2011 in Mohali, India. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Raina batted at No.3 Or the fourth spot in his career which now belongs to Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer in the recent scheme of things as far as the limited-overs is concerned. Thus he had no chance for a comeback.

Raina retired with an average of 25 in Tests, 35 in ODIs and nearly 30 in the shortest format of the game.