Sleepy-head Raina given wake-up call by Dhoni

Mumbai: 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.

Bureau Report

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