Melbourne, March 18: Suresh Raina today said he has improved as a player and become more matured having learnt a lot from captain MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif.
Raina, who, along with his teammates, is preparing to face Bangladesh in the ICC World Cup 2015 quarter-final tomorrow, said he has changed as player from 2011 World Cup. (We are the team to win WC: Raina)
"I have improved as a player. I have learnt a lot from MS (Dhoni), Yuvraj Singh and especially with Mohammad Kaif. The were also four, five, six (batsmen), and I played a lot of matches with them," Raina said on Wednesday.
"So at the same time I knew what sort of batting I need to do in One Day Cricket, so I played a lot of matches down the order and up the order. So I think I've become more mature after 2011 and didn't have much time to play in 2011.
"Played all the crucial games, quarterfinal, semifinals, final (in 2011 World Cup). So after that I think we won Champions Trophy in England and became No. 1 in One Day then Test Matches. So a long journey, but as a team I think we have done really well in all departments."
Raina is now playing his second World Cup tournament. He was part of the winning team in 2011, having played a crucial knock in the quarter-final against Australia.