IPL 2021: MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings is one of the most loved and strong teams in the history of the Indian Premier League. CSK have won three IPL titles under the leadership of MS Dhoni. Suresh Raina, CSK’s most successful batsman, who joined the franchise alongside Dhoni, shared what they discussed after the auction. The two have since remained loyal to CSK.
Raina in his biography, ‘Believe’, came up with many revelations on how MS Dhoni reacted to being bought by Chennai Super Kings. He revealed how excited MS Dhoni was to play alongside Muttiah Muralitharan, Stephen Fleming, and Matthew Hayden.
“The IPL auctions happened, and like every other cricketer in the country, I was waiting eagerly to know which team I would be playing for. I was elated to go to the Chennai Super Kings. It meant Mahi Bhai and I would be playing for the same team. I heard from him almost immediately after I was bought in the auction,” excerpts from Suresh Raina’s book, as reported by India TV.
Suresh Raina has been one of CSK’s key players right from the start. After being picked by Chennai Super Kings for Rs 2.6 crore ($650,000), he has been the go-to man for scoring runs. He has amassed over 5,000 runs in 200 matches for the franchise and is also one of the leading run-scorers in the history of the tournament. MS Dhoni was picked up for Rs 6 crore, the highest in IPL 2008 auction.
“He said, ‘Maza aayega dekh.’ There was a lot of attention on him, of course. And looking at some of the other figures whom Chennai had bought—Matthew Hayden, Muttiah Muralitharan, and Stephen Fleming — I was just delighted to be in the same team as them. The IPL strengthened my bond with Mahi Bhai even further,” Raina wrote.
In his IPL career so far, Suresh Raina has scored 39 fifties and one century. He has only missed one season of the tournament, in 2020, citing personal reasons. He did make a comeback in the 2021 edition though, where he scored 123 runs at an average of 24, and a strike rate of over 126.
Meanwhile, the IPL 2021 was suspended midway due to the increasing Covid-19 cases inside IPL’s bio-bubbles.