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MS Dhoni Responds To Suresh Raina's 'Not Captain Cool' Jibe In Typical MSD Style



Suresh Raina might not be a part of the current Indian cricket team, but the southpaw is still a crowd favourite and arguably one of the most hardworking cricketers in domestic cricket. Once a vital cog in India's middle-order, whatsoever success Raina had in international cricket was undoubtedly derived on the back of a strong support from MS Dhoni.

The duo share a great rapport and understand each other's game. They formed several crucial partnerships over the course of the last 10 years for India. And, their association also reflects off the field, something that was evident in Raina's recent revelations about Dhoni's conduct.

Speaking on the web series 'Breakfast With Champions', Raina had revealed that the former Indian skipper is not really 'Captain Cool' when the camera is not on him. "He (Dhoni) does get angry, you don't see it. The cameras don't pick it up. But as soon as the telecast cuts to the ads, he will say 'Tu sudhar jaa (Get your act together)',” Raina said.

MS Dhoni Responds To Suresh Raina's 'Not Captain Cool' Jibe In Typical MSD Style© BCCL

As much as his cricketing skills, Dhoni's calm and composed approach on the field are one his best known attributes in international cricket. Thus, when Raina spoke otherwise, it didn't just surprise the fans but also caused a flutter in the cricketing fraternity, further evoking a strong response from the Jharkhand cricketer.

Generally not the one to respond, Dhoni made an exception for his old compatriot before replying in typical MSD style. The 36-year-old said that he does not joke around on the field as opposed to his carefree conduct in the dressing room. And, just like his ever-changing approach towards the game, Dhoni claimed that he acts differently based on the situation.

“There are many zones in the middle of it where you enjoy and make fun. Once (I am playing) in the ground, I do not joke around, but inside the dressing room, I enjoy a lot. I conduct myself according to how I think I should conduct myself in different areas,” Dhoni said.

MS Dhoni Responds To Suresh Raina's 'Not Captain Cool' Jibe In Typical MSD Style© BCCL

Speaking at an event organised by the Indian Army in Kashmir, Dhoni also gave his opinion on the possibility of engaging in bilateral series with Pakistan. “When it comes to India-Pakistan cricket, it is not just sports, but becomes much bigger than that. It is not a simple decision, but a diplomatic and a political decision,” Dhoni said. 

“So, it is a big decision and I think we should leave it to the government to decide. If the government decides, we will go and play and if they decide against it, we will play some other series,” he added.


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