PM Modi to Raina: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written an appreciation letter to Suresh Raina for his contribution to Indian cricket. Raina, on Saturday, announced he’s retiring from international cricket thus bringing an end to his 15-year career.
PM Modi said Raina is too young and energetic to retire and that his inspiring role in India’s ODI World Cup title win in 2011 will never be forgotten.
“I do not want to use the word ‘retirement’ because you are too young and energetic to ‘retire’,” the a two-page note read which Raina shared on his Twitter page on Friday. “During your cricketing career, you sometimes faced setbacks including injuries but every time you overcame those challenges, thanks to your tenacity.”
Modi was present at the Motera Stadium during India’s 2011 World Cup quarterfinal win over the then defending champion Australia. He recalled Raina’s vital innings of 34 not out that guided the hosts in a tricky chase.
“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 in Ahmedabad, during the Quarter Final against Australia. Your anchoring innings had a big role to play in our team’s victory,” Modi, who was then the Chief Minister of Gujarat, recalled.
“I can confidently say that most fans will miss your elegant cover drives, one which I was lucky to witness that day,” he added.