Indian cricketer Suresh Raina visits Line of Control in Kashmir

IANS| Updated: Aug 10, 2014, 23:35 PM IST

Srinagar: Indian cricketer Suresh Raina visited a forward post of the army in Jammu and Kashmir Sunday to boost the morale of the soldiers and acquaint himself with the hardships they face while protecting the country`s border.

"Suresh Raina visited a forward post on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir today. The visit was a morale booster for the troops deployed in the harsh and rugged terrain of Kashmir," defence spokesman Colonel N.N. Joshi told reporters here.

"The cricketer was acquainted with the challenges a soldier faces when deployed on the LoC.

In his interaction with the soldiers, Raina "applauded the efforts made by the Indian Army jawans in keeping a constant vigil on the LoC", the spokesperson said.

The cricketer shared some light moments and his personal experiences with the soldiers.

He also had a meal with the soldiers and admired their "culinary acumen".

Raina belongs to a Kashmiri Pandit family from Anantnag district, though he has never played for Jammu and Kashmir in the Ranji Trophy domestic cricket tournament.