Suresh Raina: CSK is a fun and hardworking team

The southpaw said familiarity is the key for Chennai Super Kings’ success over the years in the glitzy tournament.

On CSK’s strengths, Suresh Raina (right) feels it is the backing that every player gets from another which makes the difference.   -  THE HINDU

Chennai Super Kings’ batting mainstay Suresh Raina is looking forward to an exciting phase of the Indian Premier League. “We (CSK) are the defending champions, which is a big responsibility on our shoulders. It’s going to be an exciting couple of weeks; we have a string of interesting matches lined up, the first one’s against the Royal Challengers and that’s an important one. We’ve got to start out confident and get the momentum going right from the first match,” he said.

The southpaw said familiarity is the key for Chennai Super Kings’ success over the years in the glitzy tournament. “We are a fun and hardworking team. We take our practice sessions and our off-time very seriously. You know, we have players from different corners of the world and so our cricketing skills vary, but those very differences have helped us build such a solid unit.

“This is our 11th year, and the returning players — we know each other like the back of our hands and that familiarity is what converts on the field. We are able to bat, bowl and field better,” he added.

On CSK’s strengths, Raina feels it is the backing that every player gets from another which makes the difference. “More than a group of professional cricketers, we are like a family and that’s why we find ourselves backing each other in times of crisis. The off-screen bonding is really strong and that’s because we are looked after really well by the CSK management team. It’s all very well organised. It feels like home,” he added, on his playing for the franchisee.