Suresh Raina has been appointed as brand ambassador for the fintech platform BharatPe. Before flying off to UAE for the IPL 2020, Raina took permission from the team management to shoot for the brand’s soon to be released promotional campaign.
Raina who had announced his retirement from the international cricket along with MS Dhoni just few days back, himself has uploaded the video of promotional shoot.
Earlier in the month of March, flush with $75 million Series C funding, BharatPe had made an announcement to sign 11 Indian national cricketers as its brand ambassadors. The players comprise Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Sanju Samson, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Shubhman Gill.
Due to the Covid-19, the Delhi based platform neither could start any activation or any activity with the signed cricketers.
PM Narendra Modi pens letter of appreciation for CSK star, says I don’t want to use the word ‘retirement’
“On 15th August, you decided to make what would surely have been one of the toughest decisions of your life. I do not want to use the word ‘retirement’ because you are way too young and energetic to ‘retire’. You are padding up for the next innings of your life, after an extremely fruitful innings on the cricket field.
“You have lived and breathed cricket. Your interest in the sport began early in life, in the by-lanes of Muradnagar and subsequently found feet in the playgrounds of Lucknow. There on, what an eventful journey it has been, culminating in the most important honour of representing India – a country you love deeply– in all three formats of the game.
Generations will remember you not only as a fine batsman but also as a very useful bowler who the captain could turn to when the situation demanded. Your fielding was exemplary and inspiring. Some of the best catches in recent international cricket have your distinctive imprint. I would take days to count the number of runs who you have saved by your athleticism on the field,” PM Narendra Modi wrote.
PM Modi also highlighted Suresh Raina’s contribution in the 2011 World Cup triumph, saying the all-rounder had always been a team man. Modi said Raina’s name is ‘synonymous’ with ‘team spirit’. PM Modi also hoped Raina would be able to spend more time with his family after a 15-year-long career in international cricket.
Notably, PM Modi has penned a tribute to MS Dhoni which the former India captain shared on social media on Thursday.
Dhoni responded by thanking the Prime Minister for his kind words.
“An Artist,Soldier and Sportsperson what they crave for is appreciation, that their hard work and sacrifice is getting noticed and appreciated by everyone.thanks PM @narendramodi for your appreciation and good wishes,” Dhoni tweeted.
Both Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni will be arriving in the UAE on Friday in the lead up to Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, starting September 19. Dhoni and Raina were part of a training camp in Chennai from August 15 to 20.