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South Africa vs India: Suresh Raina credits his wife for a successful comeback in international cricket

Speaking further on similar lines, Suresh Raina expressed his desire to cement his spot in the ODI side as well.

Suresh Raina of India takes the catch to dismiss Heinrich Klassen of South Africa
Suresh Raina of India. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Veteran Indian cricketer Suresh Raina returned in Indian colors after a long lay off of almost a year. Raina made his comeback in the recently concluded T20I series against South Africa. In the final match, Raina performed well with both bat and the ball to certainly cement his spot for a few more games in the Indian colors. Raina scored a sublime 43 in the game and later bagged a wicket as well with his part-timers.

Speaking about his comeback, Suresh Raina remarked that he still has the passion to play for the Indian team. He thanked his wife, Priyanka Raina, and his daughter, Gracia Raina, for the undying support they showed in times of crisis. Raina will next be seen in the Nidahas Trophy in the Indian colors.

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“I worked really hard for two years. Each and every session, I was doing in the gym, on the field, I was just (thinking) when I am going to play for India again. I think God helped. Thanks to my wife, my kid to make me believe I can go there and wear the jersey again,” Suresh Raina quoted after the final T20I as per the quotes in IBTimes.

“That’s what I think the Indian team does. When you make a lot of sacrifices in your life and at the same time you enjoy your game, (it works out). I worked really hard on my game and my mental toughness,” he added further.

Targeting the ODI side

Speaking further on similar lines, Suresh Raina expressed his desire to cement his spot in the ODI side as well. Raina noted that he has been playing well in the recent times, and hence, believes he can excel in the middle-order for the Indian team. He remarked that he is looking forward to the IPL and then hopes to get his spot back in the ODI setup for the ICC World Cup 2019.

“Just a matter of a couple of games there, I can assure you that I am going to be there very soon. It is very important for me. From here we play in Sri Lanka and then we have IPL also coming up. I was part of the World Cup before. I won the WC in 2011 and won first World Cup that I played, I’ve got the trophy in my house, that’s an unbelievable feeling. Coming back to one-day spot, I think I’ve done well at No. 5,” Raina conceded.

Priyanka Raina expresses her happiness

Meanwhile, the lady in the frame of discussion, Priyanka Raina also too to the micro blogging site Twitter after the final T20I. In her update, she expressed her happiness over the good show put on by her husband and the Indian team.

“That moment when your heart is filled with immense happiness and your eyes with tears! So proud of you my liefie @ImRaina,” Priyanka Raina wrote in her tweet.

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