In the press conference following his magnificent innings of 49 runs off 41 deliveries against World Giants in the ongoing Legends League Cricket (LLC Masters), former India international Suresh Raina was questioned if he is eager to return to professional cricket after such a stellar innings.
In response to the inquiry, the 36-year-old responded humorously that he does not share the same goals as the former Pakistan captain, Shahid Afridi. In the post-match press conference, Raina declared that he has already retired from the sport and that, unlike Shahid Afridi, he will not make a comeback but will instead stand by his choice.
“My name is Suresh Raina and not Shahid Afridi!” Raina announced her retirement as the entire audience erupted in laughter.
India Maharajas will participate in the Elimination.
India Maharajas will now compete in the Eliminators of the ongoing LLC Masters after losing three out of four league matches. Chris Gayle was the star of their last match against World Giants, smashing 57 runs off 46 deliveries while the bowlers struggled with the new ball.
Gayle provided a flawless start for his team, but the Giants faltered in the middle overs. However, they eventually defeated the Maharajas by three wickets and ascended to the top of the table. Next, the squad led by Aaron Finch will face Asia Lions on March 16; the victor will advance to the finals, while the loser will face India Maharajas in the Eliminator.
Gautam Gambhir, captain of the Maharajas, elected to rest against the Giants, as Manvinder Bisla and Robin Uthappa opened the batting with Robin Uthappa. Due to the responsibilities of the middle order, the duo could not cause significant damage.
Significantly, former Australian international Brett Lee took three wickets as the Maharajas’ score after 20 overs was only 136-9. Before the all-important Eliminator, the Maharajas have a great deal of space for growth, as they have yet to create an impression in the competition.
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