New Delhi: Suresh Raina is all set enter a new phase of his life today. He will tie the nuptial knot with his childhood friend Priyanka Chowdhary in a lavish ceremony in New elhi.
His wedding is going to be a star studded affair with many high profile personalities present in the guests list.
Just few hours before the marriage, the left-hander spilled the beans on how he met his soul mate. While talking to TOI, Raina said he and Priyanka are childhood friends but haven't stayed in touch often.
How they met
"I have known Priyanka for long, but in the middle, I didn't have time to be in touch with her. I remember meeting her at the airport for five minutes in 2008. She was flying back to Holland (where she currently works) and I was going to Bangalore for an IPL game, and we met at the Delhi airport for just five minutes. Usse pehle main usse bachpan mein mila tha (before that we met during our childhood).
Raina finds this more of an arrange marriage than that of love because of the proximity between the two families. "Priyanka's father was my sports teacher in Ghaziabad and my mom was very close to her mother. I'll call it more of an arranged marriage because our families have known each other for a long time," he said.
Mom played the matchmaker
Recalling the moment how the marrige got fixed, Raina says he was in Australia for last five months and all decisions were taken by his mom.
“I didn't know. Mom called me in Australia and told me that my marriage has been fixed with one of my childhood friends. Maine kaha kaun hai (I asked who is the girl). Then I spoke to Priyanka on the phone. Before the World Cup, I had told some of my team-mates about my wedding after my mom told me that everything had been finalized,” Raina told TOI.
In the candid conversation, Raina says that he met Priyanka recently after the World Cup for just half and hour. Revealing his plans about honeymoon this star cricketer says, we are planning to go to Milan after IPL.
For wedding groom Suresh will be wearing a sherwani and pretty bride Priyanka will clad herself in exquisite lehenga.
Priyanka loves football!
Suresh's would be wife Priyanka is big fan of football not cricket. "She doesn't know much about cricket. She is a great soccer fan. She is a huge fan of Messi and Robin van Persie. She loves me for what I am and not because I am a cricketer. She is a very nice girl and I love her," he told TOI