Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote a two-page appreciation note to former international cricketer Suresh Raina. Raina announced his retirement on August 15, after Dhoni decided to quit international cricket.
“I do not want to use the word ‘retirement’ because you are too young and energetic to ‘retire’,” PM Mr. Modi wrote.
The 33-year-old Raina thanked the Prime Minister. “When we play, we give our blood & sweat for the nation. No better appreciation than being loved by the people of this country and even more by the country’s PM. Thank you @narendraMr. Modi ji for your words of appreciation & best wishes. I accept them with gratitude. Jai Hind,” the cricketer tweeted.
“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. I can confidently say that most fans will miss your elegant cover drives, one which I was lucky to witness that day,” said the PM.
The PM also described Raina as the perfect team-man who enjoyed others’ successes.
“Suresh Raina will always be synonymous with team spirit. You played not for personal glory but for the glory of your team and the glory of India. Your enthusiasm on the field was infectious and we could all witness that you would be among the first and most animated players to celebrate the fall of opposing team’s wicket,” the PM wrote.
The Prime Minister’s appreciation letter also acknowledged him fielding skills.
“Your fielding was exemplary and inspiring. Some of the best catches in recent international cricket have your distinctive imprint. It would take days to count the number of runs you saved with your alertness on the field.”
The Prime Minister also praised Raina for his participation in social initiatives like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and the cause of women’s empowerment.