Ahead of the IPL 2021, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) players faced each other in an intra-squad match and gave it their all in the intensely contested face off.
The official Twitter handle of the CSK has posted a 148-second highlight of the match. In the video, team's captain MS Dhoni can be seen hitting a fine square cut before stumping a batsman in his trademark fashion. With the batsman far away from the crease, Dhoni teases him before dislodging the bells.
Fans can also see the glimpses of Suresh Raina, Cheteshwar Pujara, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur in the highlights.
Oppositions can get intimidated by a part of the video showing MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina joining forces to hit some towering sixes. While Dhoni hits it down the ground, Raina just flicks one off Ravindra Jajdeja towards deep square leg. However, Jadeja can be seen returning the favour to Raina very shortly.
The video appears to show Deepak Chahar bowling the last over and dismissing Robin Uthappa and Ravindra Jadeja in it.April 7, 2021
The 3-time champions are looking to go the distance after their forgettable outing last season. The team has some new players in Robin Uthappa and Moeen Ali. Also, Suresh Raina, who opted out of IPL 2020 due to personal reasons, has returned to play for the side.
CSK are set to face DC in their first IPL 2021 encounter on April 10 in Mumbai.
Suresh Raina the cushion MS Dhoni always had: Pragyan Ojha
Talking to Sports Today, former India cricketer Pargyan Ojha has said that Suresh Raina's return will add a lot of value to CSK. He added that Raina is the cushion MS Dhoni always has had.
"Last year, CSK was missing Suresh Raina. He was the cushion that MSD always had. At any point, Dhoni could fall back on Raina and Raina used to deliver. He has delivered for more than a decade now. He has done so much for CSK. He is one of the core members. I have always spoken about the core members for a successful team. With CSK, Raina has been one of them," Ojha told Sports Today.
"If you look at CSK's success formula, one of the ingredients is Suresh Raina. In fielding, in batting and giving a piece of advice for MS Dhoni. Raina and Dhoni have a very good understanding between them. It really helps...
"Somewhere at some point, maybe MSD would have thought that if Raina were there last year, it would have been a different scenario."
"I think this year, Raina will add a lot of value not only with the bat, with the fielding and also discussing few important things about strategy during a crisis (with Dhoni)," he added.