Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina who recently announced his retirement from international cricket now wants to focus on giving back to the society and work towards finding new talent. Suresh Raina announced his retirement on 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 MSD and has followed his path to retirement at the same time.
Suresh Raina wrote a letter to J&K’s DGP to express his intentions of finding young talent from the state
The veteran southpaw has written a letter to the J&K DGP to express his new commitment towards helping to find new talent from all sections of the society and help them in enhancing their skills. He also said it is now time for him to give back to society this way. Raina explained his inclination towards J&K state because of his ancestral roots belonging to the state.
“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 a treasure for future cricket teams,” said Raina in a letter written to J&K Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh.
“Since long I have represented India as a proud Indian cricketer. I have got an opportunity to be India’s ambassador in the game of cricket to the entire world. Now the time has come for me to give it back to society and the people who gave me all their love, support, and blessings all these years.
“Since my ancestors belong to Kashmir and I myself feel deeply connected to my roots in the valley as a Kashmiri Pandit originally, I felt the need to inculcate strong sportsmanship, cricketing spirit, and values for our children and youth in Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.
I can relate to the hardships they might be facing amidst continuous terrorism and terror violence: Suresh Raina on J&K kids
Suresh Raina has voiced his connect and pledged to help the J&K kids where talents remain hidden while growing terrorism and terror violence. Raina who grew up in the state of Uttar Pradesh belongs to a J&K migrant family.
“It’s a humble beginning and I plan to take it forward to make cricket a strong passion for the youth and find success in the sport with the right guidance and motivation. Since I have seen struggle and hardships throughout my journey, I can relate to the hardships they might be facing amidst continuous terrorism and terror violence,” he said.
“While Uttar Pradesh is my Karma Bhoomi, I also feel Jammu and Kashmir is equally my land and it’s people are my own brothers and sisters. I hope I can contribute to make it a nationwide campaign beginning from Jammu and Kashmir. ” Raina told ANI.
Raina will now be seen in action for Chennai Super Kings in the 13th edition of the IPL slated to begin from September 19 in the UAE. The IPL 2020 will begin from September 19 till November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the 8 teams play in UAE. The venue this time is UAE and matches will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.