Cricketer Suresh Raina faces condemnation for ‘I am also Brahmin’ comments


Chennai Super Kings player Suresh Raina has become a target of considerable attack from netizens for asserting his identity as a Brahmin, an upper-caste Hindu.

Raina, who announced his retirement from international cricket last year, was taking part in commentary during a match between Lyca Kovai Kings and Salem Spartans when he made the controversial statement.

Speaking during the match, Raina said, “I think, I am also Brahmin. I have been playing since 2004 in Chennai, I love the culture… I love my teammates. I have played with Anirudha Srikanth, Badri (Subramaniam Badrinath), Bala Bhai (L Balaji)… I think you need to learn something good from there. We have a good administration, we have the license to explore ourselves. I love the culture there, and I’m lucky to be part of CSK. Hopefully, we will play more matches there.”

According to Indian Express, Raina’s controversial statement came after a commentator asked Raina how he was able to embrace the south Indian culture, given that he was often seen wearing a veshti, dancing and whistling.

As expected, Twitter exploded with criticism for the cricketer, who hails from Uttar Pradesh.

Last year, cricketer Ravindra Jadeja had to face public ire for flaunting his identity as a ‘Rajput boy.’ Sharing a photo of himself, Jadeja had tweeted, “My signature, My style, My identity.#beyourself #rajputboy.”