Amid his ouster from international cricket, Suresh Raina has been adequately handling the responsibilities as captain of the India Blue team in the ongoing Duleep Trophy. And, he was on his way from Ghaziabad to Kanpur to take part in one of the tournament's games when the left-hander witnessed a providential escape from what could have turned into a major car accident.
Trying to reach Green Park stadium in Kanpur where one of the Duleep Trophy matches is scheduled to take place, Raina was near Friend's Colony in Etawah when one of the tyres of the Range Rover he was travelling in burst on 12 September.September 12, 2017
According to DSP Rajesh Kumar Singh, the 30-year-old cricketer was driving the car when the incident occurred in the wee hours on Tuesday. The police also confirmed that if the vehicle had been travelling at high speed, the consequences could have been disastrous.September 12, 2017
With Raina not carrying a spare tyre, he was left stranded for quite some time on the road until locals informed the police. He was later sent in another vehicle to Kanpur and no injury was reported in the case.
Raina has not played an ODI since October 2015 and he was once again ignored by the selectors who recently announced India's 16-member squad for the first three ODIs against the touring Australians. Raina was also kept at bay from India's limited-overs side that recently decimated Sri Lanka in their own backyard.
While many believe Raina has not been as influential as he used to be in his heydays, one of the major reasons behind his ouster is in lieu to a failed 'Yo-Yo' endurance test which is considered to be one of the major parameters to assess a player's fitness.
The 'Yo-Yo' endurance test is an advanced version of the 'beep' test that was used by teams of earlier generations. The current Indian team is considered to be the fittest by a fair distance.September 9, 2017
It has been learnt that for the current Indian team, the acceptable 'Yo-Yo' score is 19.5 and upwards. Captain Virat Kohli, easily the fittest Indian cricketer, scores around 21 in the test.
However, Raina had scored well below the permissible level of 19.5 which is the forced the selectors to commit him from the Indian squad.