“We hugged and cried” – Why Raina planned retirement with MS Dhoni on August 15

“We hugged and cried” – Why Raina planned retirement with MS Dhoni on August 15

On Sunday, following the decision of MS Dhoni quitting International Cricket, Suresh Raina also quits the same. “We hugged and cried a lot”, said Raina after announcing the retirement. He added that they ‘talked about their careers and relationship and partied during the night.’

Apart from being the teammates, Raina and Dhoni have spent other times together during their play in Chennai Super Kings. Raina admitted that he honed his skills under Dhoni while playing for CSK. It has led him to an integral part of the respective Indian Premiere League team. Thus, when MS Dhoni announced his retirement on Saturday, Raina followed the same.

Raina added that as August 15 was the 73rd Independence Day, they decided to announce it. As Dhoni’s jersey was 7 and Raina’s 3. Following it, they decided to wrap up on a good occasion.

Raina told Dainik Jagran, “I knew Dhoni would announce his retirement upon reaching Chennai, so I was ready. I, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, and Karn Sharma reached Ranchi on 14th with the chartered plane, and picked up Mahi Bhai and Monu Singh.” He added, “I, Piyush, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, and Karn sat together after that, talked about our careers and our relationship. We partied during the night.”

Dhoni posted on Instagram, “Thanks. Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”

While Raina posted, “It was nothing but lovely playing with you, @mahi7781. With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you on this journey. Thank you, India. Jai Hind!”

However, Dhoni and Raina will be back in action in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). 

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