Suresh Raina had undergone successful knee surgery in Amsterdam on Friday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI) had posted a picture of Raina from the hospital and has also wished him a speedy recovery. They also wrote a statement which read '"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,"
Read BCCI's tweet here:
After the fans and South African legend Jonty Rhodes had wished the veteran middle-order batsman a speedy recovery, Sania Mirza also came forward with some words of motivation for the southpaw. The tennis sensation took to social media and wrote that surgery is never easy and she urged him to hang in there and come back stronger.
Read Mirza's tweet here:
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Even the Chennai Super Kings batsman obliged by thanking the tennis star.
Suresh Raina says that it was a tough call to make
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," Rain wrote in a post on his social media handle.
"I hope I'm up on my feet, on the field and ready to give my best very soon again," he added.
"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.
"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."
Here's the statement from Suresh Raina: