Former India cricketer Suresh Raina is known to be a jovial and fun-loving personality. While on the field he shares a good bond with his fellow cricketers, off the field he likes his music, his friendship and is a relaxed personality. In his book "Believe: What Life and Cricket Taught Me", the southpaw shares a hilarious incident involving Sachin Tendulkar. Raina goes on to share an incident from 2006 when he was on a flight with Tendulkar and the rest of the team for some cricketing assignment.
In the business class where they were seated, Raina recalls, that an air hostess came up to Sachin for an autograph. However, she then turned to Raina and referred to him as Arjun. "Hi Arjun, How are you? How is your mom?" Raina remembers the air hostess saying in the book. Before Raina could answer, Sachin interrupted and joined the fun as he said that both of them are doing fine and that Anjali (Sachin's wife) was upset with him since he had not been focusing on his studies.
While the stewardess had mistaken Raina for Arjun Tendulkar, son of Sachin Tendulkar, the master batsman had winked at Raina to have some fun. Raina adds that it was much later when the air hostess saw someone clicking a picture with him that she realised that he wasn't Arjun but an Indian cricketer himself. She later came up to him to apologise and although Raina said that it was okay, she was embarrassed.
Raina, Dhoni to be back in action in September
Raina announced his retirement from international cricket on August 15, 2020, along with his great friend on and off the field MS Dhoni. Both of them are set to be back on the field donning the Chennai Super Kings jersey when IPL 2021 resumes in UAE. While the tournament was supposed to end in May, several Coronavirus cases inside bio-secure bubbles forced the abrupt suspension of the tournament.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was quick to move IPL out of India as a precautionary measure where the T20 World Cup will also be staged after the franchise-based T20 league.