During a conversation with Robin Uthappa, Suresh Raina shared the details of a strategic decision made by CSK skipper Dhoni to include Uthappa in the team. Raina revealed that he had suggested Uthappa’s name to Dhoni, and the captain sought his permission before giving the right-handed batter an opportunity. Raina expressed his confidence in Uthappa’s abilities and assured Dhoni that Uthappa was the right choice for the crucial matches.

According to Raina, Dhoni never believed in excluding him from the final XI, but the left-handed batsman convinced his skipper by emphasizing Uthappa’s worthiness for a place in the team. Raina explained that Dhoni had expressed his desire to win the current season and sought Raina’s input on what should be done. Raina recommended playing Uthappa at number 3 and ensuring his inclusion in the playing XI until the final match. He believed that regardless of whether he or Uthappa played, the team’s success hinged on their combined efforts.