West Indies cricketer Daren Sammy recently expressed that Suresh Raina is the nicest cricketer he has ever met. Former Indian all-rounder Raina had announced his retirement from international cricket on 15th of August at just 33-years of age. Raina, who had travelled with the squad to UAE had later decided to skip the IPL and returned home citing ‘personal reasons’ which is believed to be a rift with MS Dhoni over his hotel room.
Daren Sammy is currently captaining St Lucia Zouks in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) who are second on the table. Sammy had recently alleged racism within the SRH camp and has been very vocal on the Black Lives matter movement.
For me, Suresh Raina is the nicest cricketer that I have ever met: Daren Sammy
The former West Indies skipper spoke his heart out and said Raina is the nicest cricketer he has ever met. He adores him for his humble nature. Darren Sammy feels the decision of Raina retiring at the same time as Dhoni shows the level of friendship and respect between the Indian duo,
“I know a lot of praises and best wishes have been going to MS Dhoni. But for me Suresh Raina is the nicest cricketer that I have ever met. Nicest international cricketer with full of grace, a very humble player and a very stylish batsman. Jonty Rhodes also rated him as the best fielder in the world. It’s important that we acknowledge his contribution to the game as well.” Daren Sammy told The Times of India.
“I guess for Raina and Dhoni to bow out almost at the same time and on the same day, it shows the level of friendship and the level of respect that Raina has for Dhoni. India lost two great cricketers in the form of their retirement.
“Dhoni I think will be impossible to replace specially as a captain and Raina for the entertainment he has provided over the years with his strokeplay and his fielding and he was something that was entertaining and exciting to watch.” he added.
IPL is the ‘Mecca’ of T20 cricket while CPL is the ‘Mecca’ of entertainment in cricket says, Daren Sammy
Sammy who has played in the IPL in the Sunrisers Hyderabad colours says IPL is the most lucrative T20 league in the World. However, playing in the CPL has its own fun to it mentioned Sammy.
“IPL is the ‘Mecca’ of T20 cricket while CPL is the ‘Mecca’ of entertainment in cricket. This year we had no funds but there is no experience like playing in CPL in front of a full house in the Carribean. In CPL, you have some of the biggest hitters and superstars of the world.
“IPL is the most lucrative in all of the leagues and it’s being played in India – a place where cricket is like a religion. Both have their own special identity. I have enjoyed playing in both the places,” said Sammy.
Darren Sammy had led his side to two world cup wins in 2012 and 2016. The all-rounder has been outstanding in the T20 format playing 68 T20Is for the Caribbean team, managing to score 587 runs. Along with scoring so many runs, he is also good with ball managing to take 44 wickets at an economy rate of 7.31.