Out-of-favour India batsman Suresh Raina has lavished high praise on MS Dhoni saying he has never questioned the former national side skipper’s strategies as he reads the game best from behind the stumps.

Apart from being a crucial member of the national team during the time of MS Dhoni’s leadership, Suresh Raina has also been playing under the captaincy of Dhoni for the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings.

Raina said playing with MS Dhoni not only made him a better cricketer but also a better human being.

“I have played a lot of cricket with him and he helped me become a better human being. He has given India some great players and we all know that. Everybody plays cricket but it is important for you to be a good human being as well. So I want to thank him for that,” Raina said on Sportscreen’s YouTube page.

Recalling the time when he was sent to bat ahead of Ajinkya Rahane in the 2015 World Cup, where he ended up scoring a half-century, Raina said he was curious to know what keeps on going on MS Dhoni’s mind.

“I never questioned his decisions. I remember I was having a sandwich or something during our match against Pakistan in World Cup 2015. Suddenly after 20 overs, he said ‘pad-up’. I padded up. Virat was batting really well and this happened just a few overs before Shikhar (Dhawan) got run out. So I got out in the middle, played a few shots and scored 70-80 runs,” said Raina.

“After the match I asked him why did you sent me up the order? He said, ‘I thought you will play better against the leg-spinner who was bowling at that time’. He also praised me for my batting. So I also want to know what goes on in his mind,” Raina added.

Praising Dhoni further, Raina said the 38-year-old has a god-gifted talent and that is why he is such a successful leader. MS Dhoni is the only captain in the history of cricket who was won all the ICC trophies (2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup, 2013 Champions Trophy).

“Dhoni always thinks one step ahead. The guy who is standing behind the stumps, watching the entire, the cameras, the crowds, that man can’t be wrong. He knows how much it is swinging, how much the pitch is turning. God has certainly gifted him with some special ability and that’s why he’s been such a successful leader,” Raina said.

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