IPL 2021: After success on the 22-yards, former India batsman Suresh Raina will venture into a new territory of being an author. Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) Mr Dependable, will release his autobiography ‘Believe — What Life and Cricket Taught Me’ on June 14. In a Twitter post on Sunday, Raina shared the news with fans as he was signing copies of the books.
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) June 11, 2021
Co-authored by Bharat Sundaresan, Suresh Raina narrated the journey he has had for India and the golden word (Believe) from Sachin Tendulkar that he etched on his arm as a tattoo. The word kept him going even when injuries and poor form pulled him down time and again. It also narrates the journey of a bullied boy to becoming a cricket icon, revered by millions.
‘Believe’ is also a tell-tale of insights Suresh Raina acquired from MS Dhoni, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar amongst others. In the book, he narrated the importance of hope, love, work and camaraderie that made him one of the most revered white-ball batsmen in the world.
The book also had a revelation of sorts. While many of Raina’s former colleagues have had criticised former India coach Greg Chappell, the left-hander said it is the Australian who taught India how to win ODIs while chasing.
“I think somewhere along the line, despite all the controversies around his coaching career, he taught India how to win and the importance of winning,” Suresh Raina has written in his upcoming autobiography ‘Believe – What Life and Cricket Taught me’.
Raina was among the players who Chappell seemed to have trusted. He, in fact, made his ODI debut on Chappell’s first series as in-charge, in Dambulla, Sri Lanka. Although Raina failed to score in Dambulla, the left-hander went on to play 226 ODIs, scoring 5,615 runs at 35.31 and bagging 36 wickets with his spin.
“In my opinion, Greg deserves a lot of credit for shaping that generation of Indian players. The fruits of the seeds he had sown were seen much later when we won the 2011 World Cup. I think somewhere along the line, despite all the controversies around his coaching career, he taught India how to win and the importance of winning,” Suresh Raina said.
While his struggle with form saw him getting dropped from the national team, Suresh Raina continued to shine in IPL for Chennai Super Kings, becoming the third-highest scorer of the tournament with 5,491 runs, only behind Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.