On 15th August along with MS Dhoni, one his best friends Suresh Raina also announced retirement from international cricket. Prime Minister Narender Modi first wrote an appreciation letter for Dhoni, after few hours he wrote one for Suresh Raina as well. As MS Dhoni took his social media and thanked everyone for the support after sometime Suresh Raina joining hands with former Indian captain announced retirement. He wrote, “It was nothing but lovely playing with you, @mahi7781 . With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you on this journey. Thank you, India. Jai Hind!”
Prime Minister Narender Modi’s appreciation letter to Suresh Raina
Recalling Raina’s initial days, “You have lived and breathed cricket. Your interest in the sport began early in life, in the by-lanes of Muradnagar and subsequently found feet in the playgrounds of Lucknow. There on, what an eventful journey it has been, culminating in the most important honor of representing India – a country you love deeply – in all three forms of the game.”
Further PM appreciated all-round skill, “Generations will remember you not only as a fine batsman but also as a very useful bowler who the captain could turn to when the situation demanded. 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 just the number of runs you have saved by your alertness on the field.”
“As a batsman, you especially distinguished yourself across all mediums and particularly in the newest form of the game, the T-20 cricket. This is not an easy format. In tune with our times, it requires quick fixes in double-quick time. Again, your promptness and speed were assets for this form,” it added.
“India can never forget your inspiring role during the 2011 World Cup, especially during the later matches. I saw you live in action at the Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad, during the Quarter Final against Australia. Your anchoring innings had a big role to play in our team’s victory. I can confidently say that most fans will miss seeing your elegant cover drives, one which I was lucky to witness live that day.”
PM Modi further said “Raina will always be synonymous with the team spirit” and wished him for his post-retirement innings.
Thanking Prime Minister Raina tweeted
“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!,” replied Raina.