Please, Do A Shahid Afridi: Aakash Chopra Wants Suresh Raina To Come Out Of Retirement

Please, Do A Shahid Afridi: Aakash Chopra Wants Suresh Raina To Come Out Of Retirement

Aakash Chopra, Shreyas Iyer, India, Australia
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Former Indian batsman and commentator — Aakash Chopra wants Suresh Raina to come out of his international retirement. Suresh Raina announced his retirement on Saturday, August 15, just after former Indian skipper MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket.

The 33-year-old Indian veteran Raina batsman had an acclaimed white-ball career with Team India, earning the southpaw a reputation of one of the greatest left-handed batsmen from India. He is a very close friend of his Team India and CSK teammate and skipper MS Dhoni and has followed his path to retirement at the same time.

Suresh Raina, Indian cricketer
Suresh Raina. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Suresh Raina Could Have Played A Lot More, He Had No Need To Retire

Indian commentator, Aakash Chopra stated on his YouTube channel that Suresh Raina had a long career lying ahead of him, given he is only 33. He has had some injury issues but is fit now and could have performed well in the IPL and made his way back to the National team. Aakash Chopra wants Suresh Raina to do a Shahid Afridi move by coming out of the retirement.

“Of course, Suresh Raina could have played a lot more, he had no need to retire. Now he is 33 years old and yes there were some injury issues but which player does not have injury issues? And now after surgery he was fitter, stronger and better and in my thinking he was itching to be back on the field,”Aakash Chopra mentioned

Aakash Chopra, Suresh Raina retirement
Aakash Chopra. Image Credit: Twitter.

“You can understand Dhoni’s case as if the IPL has taken place in April-May, the T20 World Cup would have taken place in October-November and maybe Dhoni would have been available for it.

“But maybe its postponement is the main reason why Dhoni retired. But Raina had no such problems to be very honest. I would say please do a Shahid Afridi and come out of retirement. I believe that a couple of brilliant IPL 2020 and 2021 seasons can well see Raina in India’s T20 World Cup squad,” he added.

Suresh Raina’s Team India Journey

The 33-year-old has played 18 Tests, 226 ODIs, and 78 T20Is for India. The left-handed batsman scored 5,615 runs in ODI cricket at an average of 35.31. In test cricket, he only managed to register 768 runs, with his highest score being 120. In T20s Raina scored 1,605 runs at an average of 29.18 for the blues.

Suresh Raina had played an important part in the 2011 World Cup-winning squad playing crucial knocks in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the tournament.

Five Greatest International Innings Of Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Raina will be seen in action in the IPL for CSK starting September 19th. He has joined the six-day training camp at Chennai and will be leaving for the UAE on 21 August with the team. He has enjoyed the IPL thoroughly and has 5,386 runs in 193 appearances. A solid hitter of the ball, he is a joy to watch.

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