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New Delhi/UNI: Veteran batsman Suresh Raina on Thursday hailed former Team India skipper MS Dhoni for his impact on the Indian cricket team and said he is the best captain, the 'Men in Blue' ever had.
Raina was part of India's 2011 World Cup winning team under Dhoni and plays for the same IPL franchise -- the Chennai Super Kings -- which is led by the latter.
"I think we have the best captain, who has changed the Indian team like anything. Now, we have that same aura in our dressing room," Raina said on 'The Super Kings show' on Star Sports Tamil.
Dhoni has retired from Test cricket but his future in the ODI and T20 cricket is under speculation.
The former 38-year-old Indian captain has been on a sabbatical since India's semi-final exit from the ODI World Cup in England in July.
However, he is set to be back in action at the IPL, where he will captain the CSK.
With three restricted stands at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai finally being reopened, Raina urged the fans to fill the venue in every CSK home game.
"We have all the seats available. Hopefully, we'll have more fans now, so there will be more energy on the field," the 33-year-old said.
Raina, who last played for India in 2018, also expressed his excitement about the prospect of playing with CSK's latest acquisitions.
"This year, we have a lot of new talent in our team. Piyush (Chawla) is there, then we have Hazelwood, Sam Curran, Sai Kishore from Tamil Nadu, he has been bowling really well for them. So, I think we have a mixture of youngsters and seniors, ' said Raina, considered as 'Chinna Thala (the right hand of Dhoni)'.
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