From Dhoni-Raina to Rohit-Chahal, Indian cricketers who share a bond
First Published 21, Oct 2020, 12:59 PM
MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina announced their retirement together in June 2020, as they play for Chennai Super Kings. Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh hail from Punjab and happen to be teammates in the domestic circuit, barring the Indian Premier League.
Cricketers are gentlemen indeed, who play the sport of gentlemen. Naturally, they have a mutual and gentle feeling towards the other fellow cricketers in their squad, while some develop a special bonding over the years.
The Indian cricket, too, happens to be the same, as numerous cricketers are seen not only gelling well together during play but also outside the field. On the same note, we present five Indian cricketers, who share a brotherly bond with their national teammate.
Rohit Sharma-Yuzvendra Chahal: Rohit is one of the prominent Indian openers today, while Chahal is one of the leading spinners in the side. Although both have a contrasting role, their bonding seems to be an echoing one. While Chahal had a three-year stint with Rohit's Mumbai Indians (MI) in 2011-13, it is since then the duo has developed a strong bond. Despite Chahal playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) now, they are often seen trolling each other on social media.
VVS Laxman-Murali Kartik: The former Indian teammates, both happen to belong from South India. Although Laxman hails from Andhra, Kartik signals from Tamil Nadu. Despite the duo not spending enough time with each other for Team India, owing to Kartik's inconsistency in the side, it is their ongoing stint as commentators that has brought them closer. In fact, Kartik had once referred Laxman to as his best friend after the latter had retired in 2012.
Yuvraj Singh-Harbhajan Singh: This is a no-brainer. And, the reason for that is obvious, as they hail from Punjab and are domestic teammates. Moreover, they played the sport together for 16 years, which is a really long time collectively. Unitedly, they also won the 2007 ICC World T20 and the 2011 ICC World Cup. Consequently, they share a great bond, as both were seen gelling well mutually on the field. Their only regret could be not playing the IPL commonly.
KL Rahul-Mayank Agarawal: The current Indian wicketkeeper-batsman and the current Test opener have to be the best pals. And, the reason for that is simple again, as they hail from Karnataka, besides being domestic teammates. The duo also played the ICC U-19 World Cup together. Meanwhile, the duo is also playing the IPL collectively, for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), proving their strong bond.
MS Dhoni-Suresh Raina: Now, this one might not be a secret anymore, but it certainly has to be one of the most emotional ones. It is since 2008 edition of the IPL when Dhoni and Raina have been playing together for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The two have reportedly shared a close bond since then. In fact, in 2015, Dhoni's wife Sakshi had called Raina to give the news of Dhoni's daughter, Ziva, being born, as he was not carrying his phone back then. Raina has also been his deputy, as he is seen leading CSK on his absence. Also, the two retiring from international cricket on the same day proves it all.