Former Indian middle-order batsman, Suresh Raina’s absence, will indeed affect the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in this year’s IPL. After pulling out of this year’s IPL edition due to personal reasons, Suresh Raina has taken massive strides in grooming the aspiring cricketers from Jammu & Kashmir. He also plans to open five academies in the region.
Suresh Raina announced his international retirement more than a month ago along with former Indian skipper MS Dhoni. The 33-year old enjoyed a fulfilling career, playing as a finisher for the most part of his career. Raina was perhaps the first Indian to score a century in T20Is and scored 5615 runs in 226 games while maintaining a strike rate of 134.87.
He was part of CSK’s squad that won the IPL in 2010, 2011, and 2018 and part of India’s roster that lifted the 2011 World Cup. The southpaw is also the most-capped player in IPL and his tally of 5368 runs is the second-highest. Meanwhile, Suresh Raina met the J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and set up five academies each in Jammu and Kashmir division to train the youngsters of the remote areas of the Union Territory in particular.
Manoj Sinha hopes that Suresh Raina’s initiative gives them a new direction:
The left-handed batsman pointed out that talented players would get identified and selected from across Jammu & Kashmir, who would be trained by professionals to compete at the international level. Manoj Sinha targets a new direction to the talented youth of the Union Territory.
“With sports and education, we shall give a new direction to the talented youth of J&K,” Sinha stated as quoted by News18.
I appreciate his gesture. With sports and education, we shall give a new direction to the talented youth of J&K.
— Manoj Sinha (@manojsinha_) September 18, 2020