A day after India’s humiliating defeat in the final match of one-day cricket series against South Africa, left-handed middle order batsman Suresh Raina visited Bhopal to flag off a marathon organised for a social cause.
Though Raina said he was upset at the defeat he refused to say anything more citing agreement with BCCI for not making any public statements as the reason.
Raina, however, expressed his disappointment over poor show in the 5th ODI held at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Raina was invited at the programme as its chief guest.
During the programme, students insisted Raina to sing his self-composed song ‘Tum Mile’ but he refused to oblige saying he was sad at the defeat in the match.
“I am yet to overcome the shock of defeat.” But, when students mounted pressure on him, he sang a few lines.
In his address, Raina also asked students not to believe in shortcuts and said that hard work was the only way to achieve success in life.
Raina also avoided talking to the media. After the programme, he was scheduled to address a press conference but it was cancelled at the last moment.
At the end of the programme, the crowd went berserk to click his pictures and autographs. This miffed the cricketer to such an extent that he left for the airport immediately. Former international cricketer JP Yadav accompanied him.
Later talking to HT at the airport, he refused to comment over his performance or any other thing related to cricket. He said BCCI doesn’t allow any player to comment over performance in the match.
When asked about his individual performance, Raina smiled and said cricket is a team game.