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Bored Profile: Suresh Raina

by Gaurav Sethi

Suresh Raina was undoubtedly the most likable Indian player in the early 21st century. Selectors, captains, mates, if not vowed by his freakish talent, were charmed by his frenzied smile. Legend has it that he was one player that even the most notorious sledgers found hard to sledge – instead they would break into smile, and often enquire about his dentist or toothpaste.

In the early part of his career, which pretty much spanned till the latter part, Raina favoured the mid-wicket region – not just with his cross-batted heaves but also while fielding, and signing autographs, in addition to always setting a field with a mid wicket. This earned him the name Mr. Midwicket from none other than Mr. Cricket, Mike Hussey.

In the summer of 2010, when Yuvraj rested himself, Raina made his test debut against Sri Lanka. It was later learnt that India was up against themselves. As Raina replaced Yuvraj, he was known as the rich man’s Yuvi.

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