MS DHONI & SURESH RAINA BONDING: The friendship beyond boundaries

MS DHONI & SURESH RAINA

15th August 2020 marked India’s 74th year of Independence.

Vibes of patriotism were felt all across the country.

However, later that evening everyone was in for a surprise. A moment everyone had predicted but was not ready for.

MS DHONI and SURESH RAINA RETIRE

At about 7:29 pm, MS Dhoni announced his retirement from cricket. He took to Instagram to do it so.

He posted a 4-minute long video which was a compilation of his whole career. The post drew widespread reactions from people all across the globe.

Numerous celebrities and greats of the game also expressed their gratitude. Fans were in another setback soon after.

Suresh Raina took to Instagram to announce his retirement as well.

MS DHONI & SURESH RAINA

He desired to join Dhoni in this journey. The two buddies had decided to end their journey together.

A lot of people expressed their emotions on social media and many remembered the great memories that Dhoni and Raina had made over the years.

THE BEST DUO

MS DHONI & SURESH RAINA

Their duo was something special. They were probably the first ones to start giving emphasis on running between the wickets.

Both of them are quick runners and were known to convert ‘ones into twos’ and they have shared several match-saving partnerships.

MS DHONI & SURESH RAINA FRIENDSHIP

One special incident that speaks volume of their friendship took place 2014.

Dhoni being the unpredictable man he is attended the captain’s press conference after drawing a test against Australia.

He did not spill any beans throughout the whole conference.

Later on, BCCI released a press release stating he had retired from tests with immediate effect.

Two things were quite surprising for everyone out there. First, the reason cited was “stress of playing three formats”. Second, he was retiring after 90 tests.

Very few players actually give in after 90 games.

MS DHONI & SURESH RAINA

But that was Dhoni, as unpredictable as it gets. Just after this game he was talking to Raina and offered his test jersey to him.

As a tribute to him, Raina played his next test wearing Dhoni’s jersey, which also happened to be his last test.

MS DHONI & SURESH RAINA were involved in several top partnerships, here are some of them:

142 v Sri Lanka in 2008
India was 81/3 and both of them added 143 runs together. India ended up with 258 in the first innings and won the game.( Raina 76 Dhoni 71)

136 v Australia in 2009
India was 216/4 and reached 354 after 50 overs. India won by 99 runs. (Dhoni 124 Raina 62)

169 v England in 2011
India was 110/4 and ended up at 280. This was a special partnership as the game took place at Lord’s. The game ended in a tie. (Raina 84 Dhoni 78)

144 v England in 2014
India was at 132/4 and finished at 304/6. This was yet another overseas partnership. (Raina 100 Dhoni 52)

196* v Zimbabwe in 2015

India was 92/4 chasing 288. This is their highest partnership. (Raina 110* Dhoni 85*)

There has been a lot of conjecture about Dhoni’s retirement. A lot of people had bashed Dhoni and Raina.

It is sad to see that people only realize a player’s value once they are gone.

Both of them have almost the same career span. Both are from small towns.

Players like them make us believe that nothing is impossible.

Raina probably had a bit of cricket left in him but at the end decided to follow in the footsteps of his captain. Such has been their stature, such has been their friendship.

We wish a happy retirement to both MS DHONI & SURESH RAINA.

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Snehasish Pattanayak

About the author

Snehasish Pattanayak is an avid cricket follower. A student who is currently pursuing B.Tech , he first came across the game of cricket in 2007 when India won the inaugural T20 World Cup , since then there has been no looking back ."Cricket is my first love",says Snehasish.

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