Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina stepped away from international cricket 11 days ago on the 15th of August. At 33, it came as a shock to plenty of players as they were hoping to see Suresh Raina in national colours at least in the shortest format. Nevertheless, he joined the former captain and friend MS Dhoni into retirement. Following quitting international cricket, Raina has come forward for a noble deed.
At present, the southpaw is preparing himself for the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE. Raina plays for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), a franchise that has lifted the trophy thrice and the left-handed batsman has played integral roles in all of those. He made his international debut in 2005 and played his final international game in 2018. Due to Suresh Raina’s troubles with short-pitched deliveries, he fell out of selector’s radar.
As far as his noble deed goes, Suresh Raina wrote a letter to the DGP of Jammu and Kashmir, Dilbag Singh, extending his support to the underprivileged kids of the region in building a career in cricket.
In his correspondence, the veteran vows to identify correct talents from schools, colleges and nurture them into professional players for Indian cricket. Raina underlined that he would like to use his 15 years of experience and utilize for something noteworthy. The 33-year old proceeded to jot down five points to make his motive a success.
“I write this letter with much hope and expectation to start and promote cricket and thus provide an opportunity for the underprivileged children from the state of Jammu & Kashmir to shape their career in cricket,” Suresh Raina wrote in the letter as quoted by India Today.
“I have etched a mark on the field of international cricket for more than 15 years and thus I would like to make use of the knowledge and skills I learned over years to the next generation.”
He further added, “My intention is finding out the talented youngsters or children from various parts including schools’ colleges and rural areas of J&K. I would like to use this opportunity to find the right
talented children and polish their skills and contribute to the national team as treasure for future cricket teams.”
“Nevertheless, to say this would require an immense amount of efforts and process which includes as below:
1. Talent hunt from schools, colleges and rural areas of J&K.
2. Organizing Master classes.
3. Mental toughness courses.
4. Physical fitness.
5. Skill training,” Raina wrote in the letter as quoted by India Today.
These could be the future of our nation: Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina added that cricket is not only a sport but also a means to develop internal discipline while also maintaining mental and physical fitness.
Suresh Raina continued writing that any child which undergoes training drills is bound to evolve into a disciplinarian and promote a strict regime. Being the future of their nation, the 226-ODI veteran is ingrained on creating a promising future for youngsters.
“Cricket is not just a sport but it evolves a process which could shape and mould a group of individuals with professional ethics, discipline maintained further in their future life, staying fit and healthy both mentally and physically.
“When a child undergoes the training for any sports activities he or she is automatically adapted to the discipline of lifestyle as well aware of the importance of physical fitness. These could be the future of our nation. I am much determined I can use this opportunity in creating a promising tomorrow for our country through these children,” it added further.