Gujarat Lions Skipper Suresh Raina looked confident in the pre-match conference on Wednesday ahead of their match against the Rising Pune Supergiants
Raina said that his team will play positive cricket against MS Dhoni led Rising Pune Supergiants. Both teams are coming into this match on the back of comprehensive victories in their previous matches and this match is expected to be a thriller as both teams have former CSK players who have played together. This will be the first time that Raina will be playing against MS Dhoni in the history of IPL. Raina played for the Chennai Super Kings(now a suspended franchise) alongside skipper MS Dhoni for the last eight editions and this will be the first time Raina and Dhoni are playing for two new IPL franchises as captains.
“We(Gujarat Lions) have started a new season with a new team on a positive note after winning the first game. And we will play positive cricket against the opposition in tomorrow’s game,” said Raina at the pre-match conference. “ Gujarat Lions is a team from Gujarat and we all are excited about the crowd support for us,” he added.
Besides being positive about his approach to the game, Raina had no hesitation in admitting that Dhoni is a very popular figure in every part of the country. However, he also mentioned that Gujarat Lions also have some players who are very popular in Gujarat as well as India. “ Dhoni is a cricketer, who gets support from every corner of the country but we too have some cricketers, who are popular in India and Gujarat,” Raina said.
Raina was also asked about how local boy Ravindra Jadeja will be useful in this match. He said Jadeja has given the team some useful tips about the ground and pitch condition.
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