When Suresh Raina gets going with the bat, fielders are reduced to mere spectators. On his day he can blunt the most daunting of bowling attacks without breaking a sweat. And he makes the brutality look beautiful with his nonchalant elegance.
On the field, the southpaw is a livewire whose energy rubs off on the others. In the dressing room, he oozes positivity.
Well, Raina has revealed his favourites on and off the field in an interview with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
One of the major revelation from the candid chat was that Hollywood diva, Jessica Alba is the one who lures the cricketer from Uttar Pradesh.
Here are some excerpts from the rapid fire interview of Suresh Raina:
Favourite Song: ‘Sukoon Mila’ from the movie Mary Kom
Favourite Movie: Fault In Our Stars and Cast Away
Favourite Musician/Band: Maroon 5 and Band of Brothers.
Favourite Holiday destination: Greece and Italy
Favourite Cuisine: Kashmiri, South Indian and Italian.
Favourite Mother’s recipe: Kadhi chawal
Favourite Fictional Character (cartoon or any character from a movie): Mowgli and Mr. Bean
Favourite Sportsperson outside cricket: Lionel Messi
Favourite cricketer: Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni
Best cricket buddy: Shikhar Dhawan
The go-to person for any advice on cricket: My coach SP Krishnan
Mantra for life: Be yourself.
If I weren’t a cricketer I would be: Basketball player
Favourite attire: Casuals … Would put on a jeans and T-shirt anytime.
Favourite cricket venue: Chennai
Favourite book: Any motivational book with inspiring stories.
A childhood cricket memory that is still fresh in my mind: When Sachin Tendulkar scored back to back hundreds in Sharjah in 1998. I vividly remember both his innings and the way he dominated the Aussies. It was truly inspirational.
Celebrity crush: Jessica Alba
Favorite Super hero: Superman
Dream car: Bentley