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Suresh Raina talks about the effect of Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni's meetings during 2011 WC

  • Suresh Raina revealed how a meeting organised after India's loss to SA helped the team get back to winning ways.
  • The CSK batsman also spoke about the impact Tendulkar and Dhoni had on the dressing room.
Aakash Arya
SENIOR ANALYST
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Modified 15 May 2020, 00:32 IST

MS Dhoni (left) along with Sachin Tendulkar
MS Dhoni (left) along with Sachin Tendulkar

During a live Instagram session with Indian limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma, CSK batsman Suresh Raina talked about the behind-the-scenes efforts of MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar during the World Cup-winning Indian campaign in 2011.

Raina said that many meetings were organised by Tendulkar and Dhoni during the tournament. The southpaw then stated that the meetings went a long way in India eventually winning cricket's biggest tournament after a wait of 28 years.

Suresh Raina revealed how a meeting organised after India's loss to South Africa in the 2011 World Cup helped the team get back on track. He also explained that Dhoni and Tendulkar kept in touch with the team through regular meetings that were attended by every member of the squad.

India lost to South Africa by three wickets in Nagpur in the group stage of the World Cup, and Suresh Raina termed the defeat an eye-opener for the entire squad. According to the classy left-hander, the team meetings were held at the right time. This is turn helped the Indian team understand their mistakes, and improve before the knockout stages of the tournament.

Suresh Raina explained:


"We had a lot of meetings. Mahi bhai and Sachin paaji presided over those meetings. They told us to stay positive and united. Both players had a huge role to play in those meetings. According to them, all players were important... That meeting was very important. and was held at the right time... Sometimes if you address things at the right time, it bodes well for the team."
Suresh Raina feels Sachin Tendulkar had a huge role to play off the field as well
Suresh Raina feels Sachin Tendulkar had a huge role to play off the field as well

Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma talk about the Indian player they were scared of

Rohit Sharma revealed that Yuvraj Singh scared him the most during initial days
Rohit Sharma revealed that Yuvraj Singh scared him the most during initial days

In a candid chat with Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma revealed how he was overwhelmed by the presence of Yuvraj Singh when he first entered the Indian cricket team. However, he also conceded that Yuvraj helped him in every way possible.

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Both batsmen stated that Yuvraj tried to make their lives easier and backed their abilities to the hilt. Rohit Sharma said:

"I was really scared of Yuvi Pa. Even if there was a single noise, he would look at us and give a stare. But he also gave a lot of support. This helps in bringing confidence to the player."

India won the 2011 World Cup after a wait of 28 years
India won the 2011 World Cup after a wait of 28 years

Published 12 May 2020, 22:50 IST
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