Suresh Raina is back on the television screens. Not in his cricketing gear, though, but in his nice stylish suit, providing his voice for the IPL 2022 matches with a mic in hand.
After going unsold in the IPL 2022 mega-auction, Suresh Raina was signed by Star Sports as a Hindi commentator for the tournament. Raina has been a welcome voice in the commentary box, providing his fresh, knowledgeable insights to the fans about the T20 game and the players.
Suresh Raina has been sharing all the updates with his massive fan army on Twitter.
Recently, on the second day of the IPL 2022, March 27, Suresh Raina put up a stylish photo of his wearing a blue coat and white jeans, looking into a mirror. Fans really loved this dashing look of the former Chennai Super Kings batsman and this Twitter post has got over 45,000 likes.
Among many, former Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir, too, swooned over this look of the former India batter. Amir reckoned the 35-year-old Suresh Raina looked younger in this photo.
Here, check out Mohammad Amir’s reply to Suresh Raina:
looking young brother ?? https://t.co/Oxqjg61I1c
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) March 27, 2022
Speaking about Suresh Raina, CSK not bidding for their ‘Chinna Thala’ had left fans upset and furious; it was a big surprise that not even CSK bid for Raina at the mega-auction as the southpaw, also labelled as Mr. IPL, is their leading run-scorer in the IPL, and one of the most consistent batters ever in the league.
Raina had scored over 350 runs each season from 2008 to 2019 and was a bank for CSK in the batting department. However, he pulled out of the IPL 2020 on personal grounds and then flopped in the IPL 2021.
Last season the left-hander managed 160 runs in 12 matches at 17 while striking at 125, before he was injured and was replaced by Robin Uthappa in the eleven. He was also bereft of match practice having opted out of the last domestic season.
One of his highlight characteristics was his superb fielding, whether in the circle or in the outfield. However, injuries and age have slowed him down, his lack of fitness was another major issue forcing the franchises to turn their backs on him.
Speaking of Mohammad Amir, the fast bowler retired from international cricket in December 2020, aged 28, citing “being mentally tortured” by the then coaching staff. Amir represented Pakistan in 36 Tests, 61 ODIs and 50 T20Is, picking up 259 international wickets.