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Saturday, June 24, 2023

Suresh Raina takes fresh guard for a new innings !!

The Amstel river  flows from the Aarkanaal and Drecht in Nieuwveen northwards, passing Uithoorn, Amstelveen, and Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, to the IJ __________ to which the river gives its name. 

Amsterdam (lit. "The Dam on the River Amstel") is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands, with The Hague being the seat of government.  Amsterdam was founded at the mouth of the Amstel River that was dammed to control flooding; the city's name derives from the a local linguistic variation of the word dam. Originally a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became a major world port during the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century, when the Netherlands was an economic powerhouse. 

NY Times reports that Amsterdam fell in its ranking of the world's most liveable cities published by the Economist Intelligence Unit this week. The Dutch capital fell out of the top ten in the latest ranking conducted by the research division of British publisher The Economist Group. Last year, it was still ranked ninth. Amsterdam now occupies the 20th position. Melbourne and Sydney have climbed up the rankings, replacing Amsterdam and Frankfurt in the top 10. 

The port of Amsterdam (Haven van Amsterdam) is a seaport in Amsterdam in North Holland, Netherlands. It is the 4th busiest port in Europe by metric tonnes of cargo. The port is located on the bank of a former bay named the IJ and the North Sea Canal, with which it is connected to the North Sea. The port was first used in the 13th century and was one of the main ports of the Dutch East India Company. Today, the port of Amsterdam is the second largest port in the Netherlands, the largest being the Port of Rotterdam.   

Chinna thala Suresh Raina was a darling of Indian cricket fans – an   attacking left-hander who went for the big shots with impunity and cleared the field with a flourish when at the top of his game, he was also an electric fielder in the circle. He could bowl usefully and take wickets too.   Raina's Test career never reached the heights his limited-overs career did, despite starting promisingly. 

Remember a Sunday back on May 2, 2010,  the  ICC World T20 Group C match – 5th match of the tournament  played at a ground in the   island country in the eastern Carribean sea founded in 1886 by Sir Arthur Sidders setting sail from port of Bristol, England.  St. Lucia located in the islands of St Vincent and Grenadines, near Barbados.  This picturesque island nation has been the home of two nobel laureates Arthur Lewis and Derek Walcott.  

Greame Smith  Smith won the toss and chose to utilize the moisture by putting Indians in.  Murali Vijay was out for a first ball duck and SK Raina walked in of the fourth ball of the first over with score reading 4/1. Proteas employed 6 bowlers against him and all were treated with disdain.  Till that time in T20Is   only two players had scored centuries.  CH Gayle against SA at Johannesberg in 2007 and BB Mccullum against Aussies at Christchurch in 2009.  Over no. 18 was the one Indians cherished.  Kelinveldt was hoisted over midwicket by Yusuf for a 6; second was a single; Raina hit the third on the leg side for 4; followed with one over extra cover for 4; hit straight for a four and the last one was dispatched nonchalantly over long off for a six – 25 runs. Raina has reached 93 and expectation run high for his and India’s maiden century in T20. 

The last over – 3rd ball Raina hoisted over midwicket and from the moment it hit the middle, it was certain.  Raina confidently showed his hand and celebrated even before the ball landed. Apart from his love for cricket, former India and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is also known for his fondness with food. Being a foodie himself, Raina has often shared pictures of him cooking at home.


The news is Raina has opened his own restaurant in Amsterdam. Taking to social media, Raina, in a detailed post, revealed that his restaurant will provide an authentic taste of Indian cuisine to the customers. "I am absolutely ecstatic to introduce Raina Indian Restaurant in Amsterdam, where my passion for food and cooking takes center stage! Over the years, you've seen my love for food and witnessed my culinary adventures, and now, I am on a mission to bring the most authentic and genuine flavors from different parts of India straight to Europe's heart," Raina captioned a post.


Suresh Raina is a man with hundred in all 3 formats – ended his Test Career with just 768 runs; excelled in ODI with 5615 runs in 226 matches with a healthy acerage of 35.31 and strike rate of 93.50; made 1605 in T2oIs too besides playing a good part in IPL.

Wishing Raina hotel all success !!
With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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