IPL 2021: CSK’s Suresh Raina releases his autobiography ‘Believe’- Chennai Super Kings superstar batsman Suresh Raina has ventured into unchartered territory by becoming an author of his autobiography ‘Believe- What Life Taught me’. The book release was made via an Instagram LIVE which was aired on Monday. The cricketer shared a glimpse of his cricket career which included success, failure, injuries, setbacks, and how he came out on top of it.
Raina said that the platform was a part of thanking everyone who played a pivotal role in shaping his cricket career. He revealed how the BCCI, senior players, and scholarship from Air India helped him grow as a cricketer during student life.
He also revealed that it was great to be named as the best fielder in India by former South Africa great Jonty Rhodes and learned from the experience of playing with the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Mohd Kaif, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid.
IPL 2021: CSK’s Suresh Raina releases his autobiography ‘Believe’-
He also said that decision to retire early was to give time to the family and also enjoy a short stint of cricket in the IPL.
Co-authored by Bharat Sundaresan, Suresh Raina narrated his journey from a schoolboy in UP to living the dream of playing for India. He said that he etched the golden work (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.
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.