Suresh Raina turned 31 on Monday (27 November) and as usual, cricketers of past and present took to social media to wish him. But it was batting legend Sachin Tendulkar who went the extra mile by inviting Raina and his family over for a birthday lunch.
The Master Blaster also posted a photo on his Twitter handle, feeding birthday boy Raina cake as his wife Priyanka and daughter Gracia watched.
While Raina is currently out of Indian team, his career is anything but impressive. In 223 ODIs, the southpaw has scored 5568 runs at an average of 35.46. He has also played 18 Test matches but failed to make an equal impression.
But it is in the shortest format where Raina has excelled the most. In 65 T20Is for India, he has notched up 1307 runs and has a phenomenal strike rate of 132.96. He is also the first Indian player to hit a T20I century. This was after he scored 101 in just 60 balls against South Africa in 2010.
Here’s the video of Suresh Raina’s birthday celebration: