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.