Suresh Raina credits brilliant performance to perfect dressing room atmosphere in CSK

Suresh RainaChennai Super Kings' Suresh Raina celebrating his century during a match against Kings XI Punjab at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. (PTI)

After scoring his first IPL century, Suresh Raina credited a perfect atmosphere in the dressing room for his brilliant run in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Raina, who is the highest run-getter in IPL history so far, cracked 100 off 53 balls against Kings XI Punjab.

"To be honest I missed century in last season and previously in South Africa. When the team needs you and you perform, it is very good feeling. I am really happy to have achieved it," Raina said.

Asked how he has maintained his superb form in IPL, the diminutive left-hander said a healthy dressing room where seniors are of great help, was key to his show.

"I took the responsibility myself. I have spent a lot of time with Duncan and Fleming, and Mike Hussey has been my role model in IPL. When you have positive attitude in the dress room you tend to learn a lot of good things from the senior players. It is all about attitude and hard work.

"Twenty20 is all about how you play your shots and at the same time, you need to work really hard on your mind. I must say that God has been great in my working on all these aspects and performing well," he said.

"We are positive in the dressing room. Right now our dressing room is one of the best since IPL was introduced. We have been enjoying the moment. Hopefully, we will continue to do well in the coming matches also."

Raina said the players have gelled well and that has a lot to do in their dominant run so far.

"We have a team room and we spent of time together. We play table tennis and pool games and listen to music. We get to know a player as a person off the field. I think that made us very close to the players. Still lot of matches are coming up and if we work hard on our fitness we can get through."

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