Suresh Raina    IANS (File photo)
Suresh Raina IANS (File photo)

Mumbai: Lubricant maker and part of UAE-based Gulf Petrochem Group, GP Petroleums Limited on Thursday announced the appointment of India middle-order batsman Suresh Raina as the brand ambassador for IPOL Lubricants, the signature brand of the company in the industrial lubricants segment. Raina will be the face of IPOL Lubricants for a period of one year and will be actively involved in a host of innovative marketing and customer experience initiatives to be rolled out by GP Petroleums. “It is a pleasure to associate with GP Petroleums, being a well established name in the lubricant industry. I am glad to take this opportunity further and wish to see IPOL capturing market share of competitive brands. I look forward to take the brand IPOL to different levels,” Raina said.

On the partnership with the cricketer, Ashok Goel, Group Chairman, Gulf Petrochem Group, said: “We welcome Raina into the GP Petroleums family and hope to maintain a long and significant relationship.” Raina, who was in radar for selection for the limited-overs leg of India’s tour to Sri Lanka, failed a fitness test to lose the opportunity. The current team think tank, coach Ravi Shastri, skipper Kohli and chairman of selectors MSK Prasad have made it clear that fitness standards are non-negotiable. On an average, the Australian cricketers score 21 in Yo-Yo test. Here Virat, Ravindra Jadeja, Manish Pandey regularly hit that score while others are either touching 19.5 or is hitting above that score. In an earlier era, when the traditional beep test was in vogue, the Indian players of the 1990 s would have scored around 16 to 16.5 barring a few like Mohammed Azharuddin, Robin Singh or Ajay Jadeja. But now it s different as the skipper himself is hitting the benchmark, which the Australian cricket team sets it, a BCCI insider had revealed about the procedure.