“I have never questioned Dhoni’s decisions. Dhoni told me about the pad after the 20-over World Cup match against Pakistan. I didn’t expect this. I was busy eating a sandwich at the time. With Dhawan running out, the decisions were quickly changed. Kohli was batting well in the crease at the time. ‘ Says Raina.
When Raina came in fourth, India were 162 for three in 29.5 overs. Raina hit 74 off 56 balls with five fours and three sixes. Kohli made a 110-run partnership. However, Raina’s innings was not noticeable in the light of Kohli’s 107.
Raina asked Dhoni why he dropped the number four after the match. Raina shares the incident. ‘Why did you send me that time? I asked Dhoni not to worry. The leg spinners were bowled at that time. I was sure you’d play well against them. This was Dhoni’s reply. Dhoni congratulated me on my batting.
Raina’s performance against leg-spinner Yasir Shah has been good. Yasir Shah could not take a wicket. He gave up 80 runs in eight overs. Suhail Khan took five wickets for Pakistan. In reply, Pakistan were all out for 227 in 47 overs.
content highlights: Suresh Raina on strategy that changed the 2015 World Cup match