Tue. May 11th, 2021
India Today Web Desk

Suresh Raina shocked the cricket fraternity by announcing his worldwide retirement along with MS Dhoni on India’s 74th Independence Day. The 33-yr-previous made a decision to phone it quits soon after obtaining not played for India due to the fact 2018.

Former India batsman Aakash Chopra joined the chorus on Thursday, urging Suresh Raina to reconsider his selection to retire from worldwide cricket. Chopra jokingly asked Raina to ‘do a Shahid Afridi’ as the Pakistan cricketer is identified for producing U-turns on retirement selections.

Suresh Raina, who played 18 Exams, 226 ODIs and 78 T20Is, was in Chennai for a pre-Indian Premier League (IPL) instruction camp when he produced the selection hrs soon after MS Dhoni brought an finish to his worldwide job.

Speaking on his YouTube present, #AskAakash, Aakash Chopra stated: “Of program, Suresh Raina could have played a whole lot additional, he had no have to have to retire. Now he is 33 many years previous and yes there had been some damage challenges but which player does not have damage challenges? And now soon after surgical procedure he was fitter, more powerful and much better and in my considering he was itching to be back on the discipline.

“You can recognize Dhoni’s situation as if the IPL has taken spot in April-May perhaps, the T20 Planet Cup would have taken spot in October-November and perhaps Dhoni would have been offered for it. But perhaps it truly is postponement is the most important cause why Dhoni retired.

“But Raina had no this kind of difficulties to be quite sincere.I would say please do a Shahid Afridi and come out of retirement. I feel that a couple of brilliant IPL 2020 and 2021 seasons can effectively see Raina in India’s T20 Planet Cup squad.”


PM Modi’s letter to Raina

Raina will be featuring for CSK in IPL 2020. The three-time champions, led by MS Dhoni, will head to the UAE on Friday as they gear up for quarantine time period of six days in advance of coming into the bio-bubble.

Meanwhile, Prime Minster Narendra Modi, in a letter of appreciation for Suresh Raina, also highlighted that the former India batsman is also youthful and energetic to ‘retire’.

On 15th August, you made a decision to make what would absolutely have been a single of the toughest selections of your daily life. I do not want to use the word ‘retirement’ since you are way also youthful and energetic to ‘retire’. You are padding up for the following innings of your daily life, soon after an exceptionally fruitful innings on the cricket discipline,” PM Modi wrote in the two-web page letter.

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