PUNE (India) Suresh Raina was not only encouraged by teammates on his debut Test, but also by his coach SP Krishan who sent a special message to the player in Colombo. When it was announced that Raina would play his first Test, second of the ongoing series, against Sri Lanka, I sent an urgent message to him in Colombo and told him to grab the chance he has received after more than five years of ODI career, the coach said from Jalundhar. He has kept my word by scoring a ton on Thursday and thus making his dream debut. I am obviously delighted for him, he said. I knew he was a Test class batsman also and last year, I reminded him to think of playing Test matches for India, to which he too hoped to be selected for the country. He was included in the Test squad in early 2006 but did not make his Test debut until now, the coach further added. He was called up to the Test squad at the expense of former captain Sourav Ganguly although he did not play in the Test series against England. The youngest in a family of five children, Raina decided to take up cricket seriously in 1999 and moved from his hometown of Ghaziabad near New Delhi to Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, to attend the specialist Government Sports College where he was being coached by SP Krishan. Raina had a difficult start to his international career being dismissed for a golden duck by a doosra from spinner Muttiah Muralitharan but he never lost hope to be consistent. Interestingly, Raina had gifted a sports car (golden colour I 10 sports), to his coach last year. Suresh Raina is very close to our family. He wanted to gift a car to my daughter on her wedding but she refused to accept this very expensive gift but he was adamant and ultimately made all possible arrangement and ordered in Punjab to deliver the brand new car to me recently, Rainas coach emotionally added. Raina also offered to foot all the medical expenses when my wife Anu Viz was admitted to the hospital for heart attack but we politely declined it, the coach concluded. Meanwhile, record-breaking Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and retired Indian legend Anil Kumble plan to join hands to set up a spin academy for youngsters, the players were quoted as saying on Thursday. Muralitharan, who quit Test cricket last week after a final match against India in Galle, said he had first discussed the academy with leg-spinner Kumble two years ago and was now likely to take it up. I would like to be a part of it, Muralitharan told The Indian Express. I am not planning a career in coaching but if Anil starts his academy, I will be happy to go. Muralitharan is the worlds highest wicket-taker in both Tests (800) and one-day internationals (515). It is in the pipeline. But it is Anils call because he is arranging things for setting up the academy in Bangalore, he added.