Left-handed batsman Suresh Raina was on Sunday rewarded for his recent domestic performance with a recall to the Indian T20I squad for the three-match series against South Africa starting February 18.
Raina has also overcome fitness issues to make to the 16-man squad led by Virat Kohli.
The southpaw played his last international match for India, a T20 against England, in February 2017 before being sidelined due to fitness issues.
Passing the mandatory ‘Yo-Yo’ test also paved the way for his return.
He was also in top form in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, smashing an unbeaten hundred and a couple of half-centuries for Uttar Pradesh.
Fans on Twitter expressed their happiness as Raina has made his way back to the team after a year.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions:
— Manveer Gurjar (@imanveergurjar) January 28, 2018
Finally he make a comeback in Indian cricket team…India vs southaffrica. T20 series….congratulations Suresh raina for this …😊☺😘😘😘😚✌👍 pic.twitter.com/aR944efvN3
— Rastogi SAPNA RAINA ❤ (@Rastogi3Sapna) January 28, 2018
Look who's back in blues.. @ImRaina
That's some sheer determination and grit what you've shown
Welcome back champ 🎉🔥
— ◟̽◞̽ (@Preethi_msd7) January 28, 2018
— Prabhu (@Cricprabhu) January 28, 2018
Suresh Raina is included in India's squad for T20Is against South Africa. Congratulations,
— Cricket Polls (@cricketfcc) January 28, 2018
Great to see Suresh Raina back in the squad for #INDvSA T20s. Hard work always pays off!
— Jessy Rajkumari (@imJRK_4) January 28, 2018
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) January 28, 2018
Many congratulations, @ImRaina on returning to the India T20I side. Your hardwork has certainly paid off. We wish you all the best. May you have a fantastic series. #SAvIND @BCCI pic.twitter.com/IaF7QL0KL5
— 100MB (@100MasterBlastr) January 28, 2018
He Stood Up
He was Determined
He Cleared Test
He Performed Well in Domestic
& AFTER 8 MONTHS OF HARDWORK😍
RAINA IS BACK TO THE INDIAN TEAM TO DON THE BLUE JERSEY AGAIN 💙😍👌@ImRaina Proved tht Hardwork Never Fails😇#Proud😎😇#Love❤ pic.twitter.com/C1NDR1RDWC
— RAINA's SAKSHI ❤ (@SakshiRMishra) January 28, 2018
Very good domestic performances gets @ImRaina a comeback call for the SAF t20 series.
Much deserved. Congrats.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) January 28, 2018
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) January 28, 2018