Suresh Raina

Country: India
Born: November 27, 1986, Muradnagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Middle order Batter

Suresh Raina Bio

Suresh Kumar Raina, popularly known as Suresh Raina, is a former Indian cricketer who represented his country in various formats of the game. Born on November 27, 1986, in Muradnagar, a small town in Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh, Raina’s journey in cricket has been nothing short of remarkable.

From a young age, Raina showcased immense talent and potential in the sport. His impressive run-scoring abilities at the under-19 level caught the attention of selectors, and he quickly rose through the ranks to represent the Indian junior team. Raina’s consistently stellar performances with the bat, including a series of double-hundreds, eventually earned him a place in the senior Indian cricket team.

Raina’s international career began in 2005 when he made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Sri Lanka. Known for his aggressive left-handed batting style, he quickly made a mark with his explosive stroke play and the ability to clear the field with ease. His proficiency in finding gaps where fielders could not be placed earned him high praise. However, his initial years in international cricket weren’t as prolific, leading to his omission from the 2007 World Cup squad.

Determined to prove his worth, Raina showcased his resilience and dedication by amassing a mountain of runs in domestic cricket. This stellar performance in domestic cricket propelled him back into the national side, and from June 2008 onwards, Raina became a consistent run-scorer in ODI cricket. His success in limited-overs cricket solidified his stature as one of India’s future batting stars.

Despite his prowess in limited-overs cricket, Raina’s Test career never reached the same heights. A flawed technique against the short ball was mercilessly exploited by opposition bowlers, making him vulnerable in the longer format of the game. Inconsistency and struggles against pace, seam, and swing limited his opportunities in Test cricket.

However, Raina’s skills and talent shone brightest in the shortest format of the game. He became an integral part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, Chennai Super Kings (CSK), known for their consistent success in the tournament. Raina’s ability to score quickly and his electrifying fielding made him a fan favorite. He was even named the captain of the Gujarat Lions when CSK faced suspension from the league.

Raina’s association with CSK extended beyond cricket. His camaraderie with his captain, MS Dhoni, was well-known, and their strong bond earned Raina the nickname “Chinna Thala” (junior leader) to Dhoni’s “Thala.” It was fitting that on August 15, 2020, Raina announced his retirement from international cricket on the same day as Dhoni, his long-time teammate and friend.

In addition to his cricketing achievements, Raina’s tenacity and determination were shaped by his upbringing. Raised in the rigorous environment of the Uttar Pradesh sports hostel, Raina learned to overcome challenges and match his talent with unwavering determination.

Suresh Raina’s contributions to Indian cricket will always be remembered. His attacking style, fearless stroke play, and exceptional fielding skills left a lasting impact on the game. While his Test career may not have lived up to the expectations, his performances in limited-overs cricket and in the IPL have cemented his legacy as one of India’s most talented and exciting cricketers.

Suresh Raina Career Stats

Suresh Raina Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 18 31 2 768 120 26.48 1445 53.14 1 7 100 4 23 0
T20Is 78 66 11 1605 101 29.18 1190 134.87 1 5 145 58 42 0
ODIs 226 194 35 5615 116* 35.31 6005 93.5 5 36 476 120 102 0
FC 109 174 11 6871 204* 42.15 10931 62.85 14 45 - - 118 0
List A 302 269 41 8078 129 35.42 8556 94.41 7 55 - - 138 0
T20s 336 319 50 8654 126* 32.17 6296 137.45 4 53 779 325 172 0

Suresh Raina Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 18 22 1041 603 13 2/1 2/1 46.38 3.47 80 0 0 0
T20Is 78 27 349 442 13 2/6 2/6 34 7.59 26.8 0 0 0
ODIs 226 101 2126 1811 36 3/34 3/34 50.3 5.11 59 0 0 0
FC 109 - 3457 1721 41 3/31 - 41.97 2.98 84.3 0 0 0
List A 302 - 3395 2838 64 4/23 4/23 44.34 5.01 53 2 0 0
T20s 336 120 1563 1872 54 4/26 4/26 34.66 7.18 28.9 1 0 0

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