Raina was part of the Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings, now a suspended IPL franchise, for eight years and it will be for the first time that he will play against his ex-captain.
“We (Gujarat Lions) have started new season with a new team on a positive note after winning the first game. And we will play positive cricket against the opposition in tomorrow’s game,” Raina told reporters at the pre-match conference.
“Gujarat Lions is a team from Gujarat and we all are excited about the crowd support for us,” he said.
Raina, however admitted that Dhoni is very popular cricketer in every nook and corner of the country.
“Dhoni is a cricketer, who gets support from every corner of the country but we too have some cricketers, who are popular in India and in Gujarat” he said.
Asked about local boy Ravindra Jadeja, Raina said he has given the team some useful tips regarding the ground and pitch condition.