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Suresh Raina reveals the influence of Matthew Hayden on Indian cricket

Siddharth Nair
|Mon Nov 27 2017

When MS Dhoni was handed the captaincy in 2007, no one could have predicted the success that was to follow the Ranchi man. Dhoni was not groomed to be a skipper like Kohli for example, which is why he was a complete wild card at the beginning.

Ten years later, Dhoni became the most successful skipper that India ever had after winning every trophy that he could possibly win. Now back to being just a player in the side, Dhoni still holds a mythical place in the heart of every cricket fan.

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Possibly Dhoni’s greatest strength was his ability to remain calm under pressure which explains the ‘Captain Cool’ moniker.

In a recent interview, Suresh Raina revealed that Dhoni does get angry and makes his feelings clear to the players in between overs. Raina also revealed the impact that Matthew Hayden had on Indian cricket.

Raina hails the impact of the Australian who made a huge impact in the IPL. Hayden, Raina and Dhoni were all part of the CSK team for the first three years which is why Dhoni noticed the difference in Hayden’s thinking.

While the team was happy with 40-50 runs in the first six overs, Hayden said that they should aim for 60 runs for no loss of any wickets.

Go to 4:28 in the video!

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