One of many India vs Pakistan games in ODI World Cups — 7 to be accurate — people will not blame you when you neglected to remember much about the competition between the two sides at the 2015 World Cup besides a hundred by Virat Kohli. India won this group stage game by 76 runs and there was barely any competition worth remembering.

However there was a great inning in Suresh Raina, that went undetected because of Kohli’s 107. Recalling that innings following five decades, Raina said half the charge for this knock goes to afterward captain MS Dhoni because he’d made a decision to encourage him to bat at No.4 to that game.

Ajinkya Rahane has been India’s designated No.4 at the World Cup, although Raina was mostly batting at No.5. But maybe not in the game against Pakistan. Raina disclosed it had been Dhoni who walked him up once Kohli and Dhawan were batting with no discomfort in the center and requested him to pad-up.

“I never questioned his own choices. I recall I was using a sandwich or something through our game against Pakistan in World Cup 2015. Unexpectedly after 20 overs, he explained’pad-up’. Virat was really well and this occurred only a few overs until Shikhar (Dhawan) got a workout. I got out at the center, played a couple of shots, and scored 70-80 runs,” said Raina at a YouTube interview.

Raina also disclosed the strategy behind Dhoni’s abrupt reversal of thought. “After the game, I asked him why did you deliver me up the purchase? He explained,’I believed you’ll play against the leg-spinner that had been bowling at the time’. In addition, he commended me for my own batting. I also wish to learn what happens in his thoughts,” Raina added.

Dhoni’s plan did miracles because Pakistan’s premier leg-spinner Yasir Shah went wicketless in this game. Raina was especially severe against Yasir.

Another spinner who had been taking away the ball in the right-hander was part-timer Haris Sohail. He also was shot for 26 runs off his 4 overs.

But India’s total of 300 was great enough as Pakistan were bowled out to 227 in 47 overs.

Praising Dhoni further Raina said Dhoni consistently utilized to remain a step ahead of this match. He was able to stand behind the stumps for the whole match, uncheck the pitch if it’s a swing and turns… He was rarely wrong, I could say he was god talented. Afterward after I became the captain of Gujarat Lions at IPL, ” he told me’ it is possible to come up to me for hints,” said Raina.

The two Raina and Dhoni could have been plying their trade for Chennai Super Kings from the IPL currently had the championship never been postponed indefinitely because of Covid-19.


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