Suresh Raina: The Most Selfless Cricketer

                                                                                                  -SHUBHANKAR

Be it batting, bowling, fielding or celebrating others success, when it comes to giving 100%, there’s none better than Suresh Raina. Yes, the left-handed master piece Indian cricket has produced. He was the 1st Indian to score hundreds in all three formats of the game. His classy hundred on his test debut was a very special knock in the conditions the Indian team were in that match against Sri Lanka. He was also a part of the Indian team which won the 2011 World Cup as well as the 2013 Champions Trophy. He has been an instrumental part of the team, be it the Indian team or the Chennai Super Kings. The left-handed dasher from Uttar Pradesh is still one of the best fielders around the world, let alone in India.

A journey which started in 2005, it has been a journey of ups and downs. The contribution what Raina has made to the Indian team has been immense. But not all credit has been given to the man who in true terms is a selfless player. Some of his knocks have been very crucial to the Indian team victories. Be it those cameos in the semifinal against Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup or the all important cameo against the mighty Aussies in the Quarter Finals of the 2011 World Cup. If these knocks weren’t played, might have been possible that India could have not won the 2011 World Cup. But these knocks are never appreciated. Sometimes we look into records so much that we forget certain important knocks played at a very crucial time. The number at which Suresh Raina batted through out his career so far in the Indian cricket team is at number 5,6 or 7. At this number with a strong Indian batting lineup, rarely he would get a chance in the first 35 overs. Playing in the death overs, the only requirement is playing aggressively and in that players tend to get out quickly sometimes when trying to clear the boundary. But when the top order on certain days failed, he was the one with MS Dhoni who helped India get out of trouble and win the games. In the 2013 Champions Trophy, Suresh Raina didn’t had much to do with the bat but with his fielding he helped India reach the finals and in fact win the tournament. Those blinders at slip against Sri Lanka were very few of the many blinders taken by him throughout his career till now.

Not only for India, his role for Chennai Super Kings has been massive, in helping them win 3 titles so far. He is the 2nd highest run getter so far in IPL. That’s why he has been given the title of MR.IPL. His batting has been very much criticized for the way he takes on the bowlers from the word go, but that’s the batting style which has resulted in his success. So, why would he change it? I think the criticizers must know that he has been performing his best for the team, be it while batting or bowling or even when fielding. In the end, I just want to say that with his performances in the domestic circuit and IPL, he would certainly make a comeback into the Indian team and perform his level best to make sure that the team gains and wins, not for his individual gains.

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