Mumbai: While MS Dhoni has won millions of fans with his cricketing achievements, seldom we have seen him lose his cool on the cricket field.
In fact, in his decade-long career in international cricket, the man has won plaudits for his ability to keep his emotions in check and remain calm even in the most charged-up environments; be it the highs of victories or the lows of losing the big matches. So much so that he has earned a moniker ‘Captain Cool’.
Raina, who is currently not form of the Virat Kohli-led Indian squad on the grounds of form and fitness, made this revelation when he appeared on the Gaurav Kapur’s chat show ‘Breakfast with Champions’.
"His eyes don't show any emotion. Despite not wearing sunglasses, you cannot tell (about his emotions). We will be like 'come on, man. show us some reaction'," said Raina.
The southpaw then went on to reveal Dhoni, at times, gets angry.
"But he does get angry, you don't see it. The cameras don't pick it up. But as soon as the telecast cuts to the ads, he will say 'Better get your act together'," added the southpaw.
“Once in an India vs Pakistan match, Umar Akmal complaint to Dhoni that I was abusing him. When Dhoni asked me what happened, then I said that I was just throwing a few balls and putting pressure on them. Mahi Bhai bole, aur de s**le ko (MS Dhoni asked me to build more pressure on Pakistan).”
Raina also lauded Dhoni for his ability to read the game situations and how he goes about his business before executing his plans.
"He (Dhoni) is a very good reader of the game. He is hailed as the world's best finisher. He knows what is going to happen next. At any given point, he is ready with three different game plans – A, B and C. When he is batting or keeping or captaining, he is always ready with different plans. He plans overnight, then gets a feel of it in the morning and tries to visualise it. A lot of people don't know this about him. This is why he remains calm: He knows it's his game at the end of the day,” said Raina.
"Opposition can't predict his moves. He works hard for it, he visualises it. Even when rotating the strike, sometimes he will step out and nudge a single. That's not his actual game. But he is letting the bowler know that he can take him on," added Raina.
Raina, who played for CSK for first eight seasons of IPL before the team was suspended for two years following the spot-fixing scandal, spoke highly about the Chennai crowd.
"The spectators in Chennai are very knowledgeable. Whether you win or lose, whoever the player is, they have a different level of appreciation for everyone," said Raina.