Raina and Dhoni have played a good amount of cricket with each other, both in the Indian team and in the IPL. It was under Dhoni’s leadership that the southpaw enjoyed some of his finest days in Indian cricket. Raina might be out of contention now as far as international cricket is concerned, but he would get to play under Dhoni again as the IPL season 13 begins.
“I think we have the best captain who has changed the Indian team like anything. Now we have that same aura in our dressing room,” Raina said on ‘The Super Kings show’ on Star Sports Tamil.
“We have all the seats available. Hopefully, we’ll have more fans now so that there is it will be more energy on the field,” the 33-year-old Raina, a former India batsman, said.
The MA Chidambaram Stadium – home of Chennai Super Kings – will have a greater capacity this time as three restricted stands have been opened up. Raina is hopeful that fans would show up in numbers to fill the entire stadium.
CSK have some new talent in their ranks this season while the core was retained ahead of the auction. Raina is excited with the prospect of rubbing shoulders with the newcomers.
“This year we have a lot of new talent in our team. Piyush (Chawla) is there, then we have Hazelwood, Sam Curran, Sai Kishore from Tamil Nadu, he has been bowling really well for them. So, I think we have a lot of mixture of youngsters and seniors,” he asserted.