Suresh Raina powered his way to hundred on Wednesday © Getty Images
Suresh Raina powered his way to a hundred on Wednesday © Getty Images

Aug 28, 2014

Suresh Raina, India’s hero in Cardiff against England said that Ravi Shastri, the newly appointed director of cricket of the Indian team gave the players a lot of confidence. According to Rain, Shastri came in the team meeting and said a few words to the team which were very inspiring.

In an interview to BCCI.TV the centurion of Cardiff also revealed that Shastri sat with him in the bus when they were on their way to the stadium and told him, “khadoos khelna hai [play a stubborn game]”. Raina also siad, “There is a different comfort level when you talk to a former Indian player; you can be free and honest. All the other coaches have been very supportive as well but Ravi Shastri set the tone for us and instilled confidence in the team.”

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