Suresh Raina, one of Team India's most eligible bachelors, is soon going to shed this tag. The hard-hitting southpaw is set to tie the knot with his girlfriend Priyanka Choudhary on April 3 at the Leela Palace in New Delhi.
It is learnt the Rainas and Choudharys are family friends as they resided in the same area — Muradnagar in Uttar Pradesh. After Raina played for India, his family moved to the posh Rajnagar locality while the Choudharys moved to Meerut. Raina's fiancée is working in The Netherlands with a bank.
"There was a bit of communication gap in between once they moved. It is only a few years ago that both families came in contact with each other. Raina's father (Trilok Chand) and Priyanka's father are good friends. Raina and Priyanka have been dating for quite some time. It's a love-cum-arranged marriage," a source close to the cricketer told mid-day yesterday.
There is a reason why Raina decided to keep his marriage on April 3 — a day after India lifted the 2011 World Cup of which he was a part of, at the Wankhede Stadium. "Actually, No 3 is Raina's lucky number. All his cars and bikes have No 3. His India jersey number is three. And now his wedding date is going to be 3," revealed the source.
Big fat Indian wedding
The source also revealed that the entire Indian cricket team, Raina's close friends, family members will be present for the wedding. An invitation has also been sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The wedding is slated in the evening and will go on till midnight. Raina will then join his Chennai Super Kings teammates for his Indian Premier League-8 commitments.