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‘Dhoni Backed Raina remarkably’, Says Yuvraj

Former Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh proclaimed that Suresh Raina was backed by Dhoni every time. He said every captain has his favourite and Raina was Dhoni’s favourite. He made his ODI debut in July 2005 against Sri Lanka at the age of 19. However, his Test debut came about five years later, in July 2010, against the same opposition. He scored a hundred on his Test debut. The left-hander was also a part of the Indian squad that won the 2011 World Cup. He is the first Indian batsman to hit a century in all three formats of international cricket.

Yuvraj spoke about the dilemma that took place before the World Cup final.  It was for selection between Raina and Yusuf Pathan. “Suresh Raina had a larger support then, because MS used to back him. Every captain has a favourite player and I think Mahi really backed Raina at that time,” Yuvraj told Sports Tak.

Yusuf Pathan was also performing well at that time and even I was doing well and was also picking wickets. And Raina was not in good touch then. They did not have a left-arm spinner at that time and I was picking wickets so they did not have any choice.”

'Dhoni Backed Raina remarkably', Says Yuvraj.

Raina was a regular during Mahi’s Captaincy

He was one of the regulars in the Indian squad for much of Dhoni’s reign as captain. His last appearance came in an ODI against England in July 2018. His last Test appearance came in the 2014/15 series in Australia which was also the one in which Dhoni retired from the longest format.

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