Dhoni is captain of the captains: Raina

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MUMBAI: Indian cricketer Suresh Raina called Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the “captain of the captains.”

Dhoni quit ODI and T20 captaincy in 2017, three years after he retired from Test cricket. But the wicket-keeper batsman is known for being the cricketing brain behind the Indian team.

“On paper he’s not the captain. On the ground he’s the captain for Virat I think,” Raina told Indian news agency PTI in an interview from the Netherlands, where he is holidaying with his family.

“His role is still the same. He communicates with the bowlers from behind the stumps, coordinates the field placements.”

“He’s the captain of the captains. Virat feels confident when Dhoni is behind the stumps. He has always acknowledged that,” Raina, an integral part of the Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in IPL, said.

Raina, however, said this would be a big World Cup for Kohli.

“He is a confident player, captain and a team player. It’s a very big World Cup for him. He knows his role well. He needs to give confidence to his players. Everything looks in our favour. The intent has to be positive. This is the best team to win the World Cup,” Raina, a member of the 2011 World Cup winning team led by Dhoni, said.

He picked Hardik Pandya as the key player for India at the upcoming event.