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HindustanTimes Thu,10 Jul 2014
Sleepy-head Raina gets wake-up call
Reuters
Mumbai, February 18, 2011
First Published: 09:57 IST(18/2/2011)
Last Updated: 10:32 IST(18/2/2011)
Suresh Raina trains ahead of the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup in Gros Islet, St. Lucia.

Buying an ear-splitting alarm clock might be on top of Suresh Raina's shopping list on Friday after the Indian batsman almost missed his team's charter flight to Dhaka for their opening World Cup match against Bangladesh.

The left-handed batsman gave his team mates a few anxious moments when he overslept on Thursday and missed the bus carrying Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men to Chennai airport.

The 24-year-old eventually made a late dash to the airport in a taxi and caught up with his team mates as they were boarding the plane.

In case Raina thought he was indispensable to the team, he was given a wake-up call by his captain.

"When you have a squad of 15 players and you miss a few, you don't really mind it," Dhoni jokingly told reporters.

"But you know when you are in India, there's always somebody who will give you a ride to make sure you make your flight so I'm not really worried about it."

India begin their bid to win a second 50-over World Cup title on Saturday when they play fellow co-hosts Bangladesh.


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