Out-of-favour India batsman Suresh Raina, who underwent a second knee surgery here a couple of days ago, said it was a tough decision to make as he knew it would keep him out of action for a few months.
The 32-year-old left-hander had a niggling knee problem since last season and will require at least six weeks of intense rehabilitation for recovery, which effectively rules him out of the better part of India’s domestic season, starting later this month.
“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,” Raina wrote in a post on his social media handle.
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) August 10, 2019
“I hope I’m up on my feet, on the field and ready to give my best very soon again,” he added. Raina, who has played 18 Tests, 226 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals, last represented India in July 2018 in an ODI against England at the Leeds.
“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 & 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,” revealed Raina.
Mr 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 🙏 pic.twitter.com/osOHnFLqpB
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 9, 2019
He thanked his doctors, family and friends for standing by his side.
“I am out of surgery and healing steadily, for which I thank my doctors, family, friends, and everyone who has wished me good health & speedy recovery.”
The greatest fielder of all time Jonty Rhodes has also shared a special message and asked Indian batsman Suresh Raina to listen to his body. Jonty has ranked Raina the best among all contemporary fielders.
@ImRaina u have been an inspiration to so many with your incredible work ethic over your career, especially these last couple of years. Listen to your body now my friend – knowing u, u will want to be out training tomorrow #aramse https://t.co/tc3LY4R4qF
— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) August 10, 2019