Veteran Indian batsman Suresh Raina survived an accident scare after the tyre of a Range Rover he was travelling in, burst near Etawah on Tuesday. This was established by DSP Rajesh Kumar Singh who also confirmed that Raina was behind the wheels at the time of the incident. However, he escaped unhurt.
The Police said that despite the accident, Raina did not suffer any injuries. It was learnt that if the car would have travelled at high speed, it would have created major problems for the Uttar Pradesh batsman.
According to reports, the incident took place at 2.a.m on Tuesday, when Raina, captain of India Blue in Duleep Trophy, was travelling from Ghaziabad to Kanpur, where his team will play India Red and India Green in the coming week.
The car did not have a spare tyre, and the 30-year-old was stranded until the locals informed the police, after which the police brought him another car.
Raina last played for India in a T20 match against England earlier this year, whereas his previous appearance in an ODI and a Test came in 2015.
One of the reasons why Raina has been out of the selectors' radar is because the left-hander failed to clear to the 'Yo-Yo' endurance test which is considered as one of the major parameters to judge 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.
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 biggest reason for his ouster.
Both of India Blue’s games will be held at the Green Park Stadium, Kanpur, which will be followed by the final at Lucknow, starting on September 25.