Sun. Oct 1st, 2023

Another chapter in India-Pak cricket Mohammad Amir wishes Suresh Raina success in SA India batsman Suresh Raina is back in the Indian team and left for Johannesburg on Thursday. The left-hander was picked for the T20Is against South Africa which begin on Sunday Raina returns to the Men In Blue after an extended gap. The 31-year-old was impressive in the recently-concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in India, and will look to carry on his good form against the Proteas.. He posted a photo on social media account with KL Rahul and Jaydev Unadkat. The photo was captioned, “En route Joburg . ✈ can’t wait to get started . 💪.” While Raina posted a picture with teammates of his comeback, Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir showed a friendly gesture and wished the batsman luck. Amir made a comment on the post that read, “Good luck bro do well👍👍👍.” India and Pakistan last played against each other in Champions Trophy 2017 final that India lost ,This is the second instance in the past week that a Pakistani cricketer has reached out his Indian counterpart. Only recently, former Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi had spoken about how he and Indian captain Virat Kohli get along. Apart from Amir, former South Africa player Jonty Rhodes too wished Raina on his comeback. Rhodes commented, “Sorry I missed u at Dubai airport, my brother; am sitting on @emirates flight to Cape Town! Back yourself and have fun; just rewards for all your hard work!”

The Men in Blue have already won the six-match series with a 4-1 margin, after victories in Durban, Centurion, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Their only loss came at the rain-affected fourth ODI in Johannesburg. With victory in the last game, India also confirmed their No.1 spot in the ICC ODI Rankings, taking over from South Africa who were sitting atop at the start of this series.The sixth and final ODI is scheduled to be played on Friday in Centurion and would be followed by a three-match T20 series.

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