Once Suresh Raina Once Gave His Shirt To Team India’s Bus Driver To Auction During His Wife’s Illness

Team India's bus driver Jeff Goodwin has been driving teams since the 1999 World Cup and has been assigned to various cricket playing nations throughout his life. Recently, he revealed that most of the cricket teams are more disciplined than earlier but Virat Kohli's team India is his favourite.

"I like the lads, there are all friendly. They are great to get on with but they are very disciplined. There is a changing way in cricket. In my times, it has changed so much. Australia will be drinking all the time after the game and staying inside the changing room till 2 AM in the morning but now, not as much."

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"And this team, particularly India, have never known a cricket team as professional, come out after the game so fast. This team is the best one," said Goodwin.

He also remembers Suresh Raina's sweet gesture a few years back when his wife was suffering from illness.

"Raina, a few years ago in Leeds, he gave me his shirt to auction off. I've never forgotten that."

The Englishman also revealed where Team India skipper Kohli sits and he went onto add that Yuzvendra Chahal calls him an old man.

"Mr Kohli sits in front and this gentleman here (pointing towards Chahal) calls me an old man."

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To which, Chahal replied from the back seat: "Because you are."

Goodman's son also drove the Indian team around England and also received a letter from the Indian government for a job well done.

"My son was driving the teams. He drove India and Tendulkar used to sit there (besides the driver) and he used to say your daddy is a big star. By the end of the tour, my son became a big star as well. He is only 21. Got a nice letter from the Indian government thanking me and him," Goodman said.

He also revealed what led him to have a tattoo of famous cartoon character Popeye.

"In 2004, when I was driving Australia, Darren Lehmann was then making drinks and he was a player then and he says 'You...we like you. We will give you a nickname and he was telling me all the players' nicknames and after a few days, he went, you are Popeye and everybody calls me Popeye and I've even got a tattoo of Popeye now."

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Kohli's men will next play the first Test in Birmingham and that will be followed by Test matches in London, Nottingham, Southampton and then again back to London for the final Test at The Oval.

Team India's sweet gestures surely make them the legends that they are. Professional and sophisticated on the field, friendly and kind off-field.

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by Admin | Mon, Jul 23 - 01:05 PM

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