Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina is undoubtedly one of the most prolific all-rounders that the country has ever produced. Since making his debut in 2005, the UP-born cricketer played 18 Tests, 226 ODIs and 78 T20Is before hanging up his boots on August 15, 2020 alongside MS Dhoni. Raina launched his autobiography last year where he talked about various experiences during his international career.
The book was titled as 'Believe: What Life and Cricket Taught Me' and the readers can understand the reasoning behind the same in the first chapter itself. The first chapter - Believe in yourself - begins with the lines, "It's a mantra. It's a slogan. It's my way of life. It's my greatest life lesson. And I owe it to Sachin Tendulkar - Paaji to me."
Thank you for guiding me: Raina to Tendulkar
Through a heartwarming tweet on Thursday, the 34-year-old once again reiterated the fact that the title of the book is inspired by Master Blaster. While sharing pictures of the book, Raina thanked Tendulkar for always guiding him and making him realize his full potential.
In the first chapter of the book, Raina has acknowledged the fact that he felt fortunate enough to get an opportunity of sharing the dressing room with Tendulkar, batting in the middle with him and sharing his highs and lows of his career with him.
Raina also has a tattoo of the word 'Believe'
Interestingly, Raina also has a tattoo on his right arm which states 'Believe'. On being asked about the same, the all-rounder had revealed a statement from Tendulkar where the Master Blaster had said to him, "You have to believe in yourself, you have to believe you can do miracles." Raina got a tattoo of the word 'Believe' on the very same day which speaks volumes about the fact that he was quite inspired by Tendulkar's words of wisdom.
One can easily understand that the 'God of Cricket' certainly has had a lot of impact and influence on Raina's life and career and hence his decision to title his autobiography on a life lesson from Sachin is not surprising at all.