New Delhi, August 21
Prime Minister Narendra Modi distinctly remembers Suresh Raina’s elegant cowl drives through the epic 2011 World Cup quarter-final towards Australia in Ahmedabad, one thing that, he feels, the all-rounder’s quite a few followers will miss after he adopted Mahendra Singh Dhoni into worldwide retirement.
The 33-year-old Raina, a member of the 2011 World Cup successful India workforce, introduced his retirement on August 15, minutes after Dhoni determined to name it quits internationally. The two gamers, who’re shut pals as effectively, will flip up for Chennai Super Kings within the IPL now.
“I do not want to use the word ‘retirement’ because you are too young and energetic to ‘retire’,” PM Modi, who additionally wrote a letter of appreciation to Dhoni, mentioned a two-page be aware to Raina.
“During your cricketing career, you sometimes faced setbacks including injuries but every time you overcame those challenges, thanks to your tenacity,” he mentioned.
Raina, on his half, thanked the Prime Minister.
“When we play, we give our blood & sweat for the nation. No better appreciation than being loved by the people of this country and even more by the country’s PM. Thank you @narendramodi ji for your words of appreciation & best wishes. I accept them with gratitude. Jai Hind,” the cricketer tweeted.
In the letter, Modi recollected how a lot he loved Raina’s most well-known innings of 34 not out in a difficult run-chase towards a formidable Australia within the 2011 World Cup quarter-final at Motera.
“India can always remember your inspiring function through the 2011 World Cup particularly through the later matches. I noticed you reside in motion on the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, through the Quarter Final towards Australia. Your anchoring innings had a giant function to play in our workforce’s victory.
“I can confidently say that most fans will miss your elegant cover drives, one which I was lucky to witness that day,” mentioned the PM, who was again then the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
The PM additionally described Raina as the right team-man who loved others’ successes.
“…Suresh Raina will all the time be synonymous with workforce spirit. You performed not for private glory however for the glory of your workforce and the glory of India.
“Your enthusiasm on the field was infectious and we could all witness that you would be among the first and most animated players to celebrate the fall of opposing team’s wicket,” the PM wrote.
A bonafide IPL legend, Raina was praised by the Prime Minister for his prowess within the T20 format.
“As a batsman, you particularly distinguished your self throughout all mediums and notably within the latest type of the sport, the T20 cricket. This will not be a simple format.
“In tune with our times, it requires quick fixes in double quick time. Again your promptness and speed were assets for this form,” Modi mentioned, lavishing reward on the IPL’s most prolific batsman.
His sharp fielding was additionally acknowledged within the Prime Minister’s appreciation letter.
“Your fielding was exemplary and inspiring. Some of the best catches in recent international cricket have your distinctive imprint. It would take days to count the number of runs you saved with your alertness on the field.” The PM additionally praised Raina for his participation in social initiatives like ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ and the reason for girls’s empowerment. –PTI