Suresh Raina was the consummate team player. Raina brought energy into the Indian team before Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni by walking up to every bowler after every ball or inspiring the other fielders by flinging himself around in the field. If the squad needed him to do anything, Raina would be first in line.
When the situation called for it, he’d bat higher and even roll his arms over. Even off the field, Raina would never hesitate to support a potential or young talent, as young Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler Kartik Tyagi has demonstrated.
Tyagi thanks Suresh Raina for helping him in making it to the IPL
“I was with the team when Suresh Raina was nearby, and he saw me,” Kartik Tyagi stated in a video shared by SunRisers Hyderabad’s official Twitter account. He had scarcely returned home when he returned and asked me to bowl in the nets.
He was impressed after a while and said he would play me in more competitions. The compliments he paid me astounded me, and I was overjoyed when he said he was looking forward to playing with me. And it was here that my Ranji Trophy career began, as well as my time with the U-19 team.
Tyagi went on to say about his experience thus far, saying, “People began to recognise me once I was selected for the Ranji Trophy, and Suresh Raina entered my life like a God.
My cricketing career began when I was 13 years old, when I gave trials for the U-14 trials
I began my career as a member of the U-14 and U-16 squads. I had a season in which I took 50 wickets in seven matches as a U-16 player. Because I took a lot of wickets at the state level, selectors began to notice me. We lost the finals despite reaching the finals and getting wickets. Gyanendra Pandey sir came across me here and guided me.”