Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh have got embroiled in a war of words after the former hit back at the 2007 and 2011 World Cup-winner for his ‘MS Dhoni favorite player’ comment directed at Raina recently.
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Recently, Yuvraj Singh had said that while he enjoyed unprecedented support and backing from Sourav Ganguly, the same wasn’t the case during the latter part of his career under the leadership of MS Dhoni.
Yuvraj alluded that despite Raina not being in good form and he and Yousuf Pathan performing well in the domestic circuit, the Uttar Pradesh cricketer was given more chances by MS Dhoni.
“Suresh Raina had larger support then because MS used to back him. Every captain has a favorite player and I think Mahi really backed Raina at that time,” Yuvraj had said.
He added: “Yusuf Pathan was also performing well at that time and even I was doing well and was also picking wickets. And Raina was not in good touch then. They did not have a left-arm spinner at that time and I was picking wickets so they did not have any choice,”
‘He supported me because he knew I have talent’- Suresh Raina in response to Yuvraj Singh’s ‘MS Dhoni favorite player’ comment
Suresh Raina has now hit back at Yuvraj Singh stating that while he got backing from MS Dhoni, it was because of his talent and due to the fact that he had got the job done for MS whether it was for Chennai Super Kings or Team India.
“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 during a conversation with Fancode.
He added: “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 also went on to hail MS Dhoni as India’s greatest captain after Sourav Ganguly.