Former Indian all-rounder Suresh Raina has recalled one of the prime incidents of his initial cricketing days and said that Yuvraj Singh’s words have helped him a lot to get him ready for his Test debut. Suresh Raina recalls Yuvraj Singh’s words.
‘You should be ready’: Suresh Raina recalls Yuvraj Singh’s words after he scored his maiden Test hundred on debut
The 34-year-old had a great limited overrun and he has started his stint in the longer format of the game with some classic cover drives, but fortunately, he couldn’t keep the form going and later was dropped from the Test squad.
Raina has overall played 18 Test matches and scored 768 runs with an average of 26.5. One of the most memorable knocks of his Test cricket was his maiden hundred and alongside he has also scored 7 half-centuries. later he has announced his retirement from international cricket in the year 2020.
Suresh Raina Finally Reveals What Happened The Night Before His Test Debut
He said that – “Just before my Test debut, he (Yuvraj Singh) called me in the night around 12:30 or 1 clock at night. He said ‘Suresh, I am not able to sleep, I think I may have a stomach bug or something. You should be ready. Generally, no one says like this, they usually think we will see how things go in the morning. He was so generous and kind to me to tell me that I should be ready,”
He also added – “I could not sleep the entire night – thinking I might make my debut the next day, how will I go about it. It has not been discussed in the team meeting. I am not prepared. I don’t even know if I will make debut or not,”
“After I scored a hundred, Yuvraj Singh came up to me and he hugged me” – Suresh Raina
Talking about the incident he said – “Luckily, we lost the toss and were asked to field. We had to field for full two days with Sangakkara and Jayawardene scoring big. Then, after drinking a few coconut waters, I went on to bat”
“After I scored a hundred, Yuvi paa came up to me and he hugged me. ‘This is you, well done, I am so happy for you,” Suresh Raina added.