Suresh Raina, who is regarded as one of the finest all-rounders to have ever played for team India, recently left everyone in shock after he decided to bid farewell to his 15 years of an international career and take retirement from the game. The retirement news came right after MS Dhoni announced that he is hanging up his boots.
Now former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has opined how Suresh Raian should reconsider his retirement decision. Aakash Chopra believes that Suresh Raina retired too soon from international cricket and he feels that he had a lot of cricket still left in him. Talking about the same, Aakash Chopra said:
“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 further talked about how MS Dhoni’s career had reached a twilight period but he stressed one the fact that Suresh Raina had no such problems. He also asked Suresh Raina to do a ‘Shahid Afridi’ and come out of retirement. He said:
“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,”
Well, only time will tell if Suresh Raina will reconsider his retirement decision. Meanwhile, Suresh Raina along with MS Dhoni will be soon seen playing for Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League, which will kickstart from 19th September.