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WATCH - Suresh Raina takes his first steps after knee surgery

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 13 August 2019, 06:49 PM
Suresh Raina last played for India in the 2018 ODI against England in Leeds. (Image credit: Twitter)
Suresh Raina last played for India in the 2018 ODI against England in Leeds. (Image credit: Twitter)
HIGHLIGHTS
    • Suresh Raina last played for India in the 2018 ODI against England in Leeds.
    • Suresh Raina underwent a knee surgery in 2007.
    • Suresh Raina is the first Indian to score 100s in all three formats.

Suresh Raina, who underwent knee surgery which will keep him out of action for a considerable period of time, is currently recuperating. However, the left-hander, who has been part of India's World Cup winning side in 2011 is ensuring that he stays fit. In a video uploaded on his official Twitter account, Raina is seen gingerly walking on a treadmill a couple of days after the surgery and he captioned it with some words of motivation. 

"It might be tough, but you won’t quit. You might be going through a tough time, but you won’t quit. It is hard to change your mind and body and become better. It’s really hard. And it’s easier to quit than to keep on pushing forward," Raina wrote on his handle @ImRaina.

Raina, who has not been part of the Indian cricket team ever since 2018, underwent a second knee surgery a couple of days ago. On the official Twitter account of the BCCI, a statement read, "Suresh Raina underwent a knee surgery where he had been facing discomfort for the last few months. The surgery has been successful and it will require him 4-6 week of rehab for recovery. We wish him a speedy recovery," the statement read. The surgery is expected to keep the left-hander out of action for most of the 2019/20 domestic season but Raina said it was a tough call to make. 

"To be honest, a second knee surgery was a tough call to make because I knew it would put me off-action for a few months and I wasn't ready for it until a few weeks ago when the pain had gotten a bit much and I knew there was only one way out of this. I hope I'm up on my feet, on the field and ready to give my best very soon again," Raina wrote on his social media handle.

Raina, who became the first Indian player to hit a century in all three formats, has not played for the Indian cricket team since the 2018 ODI in Leeds against England and he was not part of the Indian cricket team which was selected for the World Cup. The left-hander had played a pivotal role in India's title triumph in 2011 and revealed the reason why he wanted to go under the knife. 

"The issue began way back. It was 2007 when I underwent my maiden knee surgery and later, I was back on the field, giving the game my 100%, all thanks to my trainers and doctors. However, a nagging discomfort returned last couple of years. During the episodes of niggling pain, to avoid any impact on my game, my trainers kept me going and helped me a lot in training my muscles well so that it would take the load off of the knee. I am out of surgery and healing steadily, for which I thank my doctors, family, friends, and everyone who has wished me good health and speedy recovery," Raina said. 

First Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 06:48 PM
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