IPL’s record run-scorer Suresh Raina has asserted that his eight-year stint with CSK helped him develop into a “real player”. Raina also went on to talk about the love that he received from the CSK fans and voiced his excitement in getting the old band together for the upcoming edition again.
Raina was a part of the successful CSK juggernaut for eight years and won two IPL titles with the Chennai-based franchise. The 31-year-old has played an incredible 161 matches in the league and had scored and 4540 runs – most by any player in the history of the league. After Chennai
“We have played so many matches together. We had to play for CSK again. In fact, I became a real player in Chennai,” Raina told PTI
Apart from being one of the most successful franchises in the IPL, CSK also
“The amount of love I have got from fans was great. It was a great team atmosphere. Many players like (Ravichandran) Ashwin, (Pawan) Negi, Jadeja came up from CSK,” Raina added.
“You have to perform to play and I’m looking forward to
There has been a lot of hue and cry about the fitness regime that the current Indian team follows. Despite being one of the best middle-order batsmen in Indian cricket over the last decade or so, Raina has failed to cement his place in the team due to fitness issues. He failed the much-talked yo-yo test multiple times before clearing a couple of months ago.
“It’s one aspect you do every day and it’s not only about
“You have to bowl at the nets for two hours
The former Indian No.4 also talked about the importance of small-town cricketers getting involved in the sport so as to increase the player pool for the country. Raina mentioned how players like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Zaheer Khan have changed the mentality in their respective hometowns.
“The small town cricketers have done well in recent times. Look at (Mohammed) Shami. Bhuvi (Bhuvneswar Kumar) comes from Meerut, there’s also Praveen (Kumar), Zaheer. All these players have changed the mindset,” Raina said.
Raina also voiced his support for the Indian batsmen who have received a lot of flak for their performance in South Africa. The 31-year-old, however, was adamant that the batsman had not done as badly as had been made out recently.
“They have done well, almost won the first Test. We fought hard and bowled well. South Africa
“Our batting has done well in patches. We have to support the team. We cannot dismiss them, we have some big names who have done well over the years,” he concluded.