Published: April 3, 2020 5:47:57 pm
Raina has already achieved his bit on this struggle towards the lethal virus by donating Rs 52 lakh, one of many highest donations amongst elite sportsperson.
While spreading consciousness on the significance of staying house throughout the ongoing 21-day lockdown within the nation via social media, the 33-year-old is making an attempt to be the right homemaker as his spouse recovers from the start of their second baby, son Rio, final week.
In the traditional circumstances, Raina, who final performed for India in 2018, could be enjoying within the IPL however as a substitute he is having fun with cooking for his household as effectively as the home assist in the home.
Ask him concerning the World Cup triumph 9 years in the past, he remembers the minutest of particulars that helped India raise the coveted trophy after 28 years. Ask him concerning the IPL, which has been postponed to April 15 however is unlikely to happen within the close to future, Raina says “it is all about life” in the mean time.
“Life is most important at this point of time. IPL can surely wait. We all need to follow the government guidelines on lockdown else we all face the consequences. When life gets better, we can think about the IPL. So many people are dying at the moment, we need to save lives,” Raina instructed PTI.
Raina was all the time a “family man” however says the present disaster has proven why “we need to appreciate life much more more than we do”.
“I’m enjoyable within the lockdown, cooking and spending time with the children. There is a lot more to life than cricket, moments like these make you realise that. With this lockdown, folks ought to realise the significance of being all the way down to earth.
“At this time, three meals a day matter a lot more than the dimensions of your own home and automobile, what you put on doesn’t matter. What you and your employees in the home are doing is the identical. You are consuming and feeding them on the similar time.
“I’m used to cooking since my hostel days, so I take pleasure in doing that. The spouse (who gave start to a boy final week) and child are nonetheless recovering, so blissful to contribute with the family work.”
Raina, whose final aggressive sport was the IPL closing final 12 months, was busy making ready for the 2020 version in Chennai earlier than the nationwide lockdown was introduced. The event was additionally imagined to be M S Dhoni’s comeback occasion.
“It was a nice camp. I was there for two months but then this happened. Got to spend some time with Dhoni. He was batting so well in the nets, he had the hunger of a youngster. In one session, he batted for three hours at a stretch,” recalled Raina.
Talk to Raina concerning the 2011 World Cup, he surprises you together with his razor sharp reminiscence.
“Every year, we celebrate. Like the way we celebrate Holi and diwali,” mentioned Raina.
For somebody who additionally a part of India’s 2015 World Cup squad, the southpaw mentioned the staff ambiance in 2011 was one thing he by no means skilled once more. Three out of the 4 alternatives he received within the event got here within the knock-outs. His unbeaten 34 and 36 towards Australia and Pakistan within the quarterfinal and semifinal, respectively, helped his staff make the ultimate.
“Whatever resolution we have been taking, it was all entering into our favour. Zaheer bhai led the bowling assault. Everyone was speaking about our sturdy batting line up however I’d say he was the Sachin Tendulkar of the bowling division, getting us the breakthrough each time. Then the most important contribution got here from Yuvraj, who took wickets and completed video games,” Raina fondly recollected.
India have been chasing 275 within the all important closing at Wankhede however Raina mentioned strain was a lot more within the earlier sport towards Pakistan at Mohali, the place Prime Ministers of each international locations turned up so as to add to the spectacle.
Wahab Riaz’s sensational spell of reverse swing had decreased India to 187 for five however Raina batted with the tail to take the staff to 260, which proved to be sufficient.
“There was so much happening on the outside. We had the collapse with Wahab bowling brilliantly but even then we remained calm and helped each other.”
Even within the closing, India have been in a spot of trouble at 31 for 2 with Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tenduklar again within the hut. However, Raina mentioned not for as soon as that the staff felt it may lose the sport.
“Even although Sri Lanka put up a difficult whole, everybody was calm within the dressing room. Someone was within the bathe, somebody was taking ice tub, somebody was consuming, but everybody was excited about the trophy, everybody of their zone and nobody was speaking to one another.
“There was only one aim and that was to win the trophy. There was pin drop silence when Sachin paaji received out however we remained calm. You ought to have seen the way in which Gautam Gambhir (who made 97) entered the sector after Sehwag’s dismissal. He was so assured
“Seeing his physique language, I assumed he would win us the World Cup. Dhoni (who made 91) got here forward of an in-form Yuvraj, that was a giant name however Dhoni instructed Gary Kirsten (coach) that he may play Muralitharan effectively so he went in.
“I still remember everything so vividly,” he concluded.
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