15th August of 2020 seems to be becoming more heart-breaking for cricket fans all over India. With Suresh Raina’s retirement minutes after MS Dhoni announced his own departure from international cricket, this definitely seems to be the end of an era for Indian cricket. Suresh Raina retired by posting a pic with his teammates in Chennai captioning it, “It was nothing but lovely playing with you, @mahi7881. With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you India. Jai Hind!” He is currently training with his Chennai Super King teammates including Dhoni in Chennai for IPL 2020. It is scheduled to be held in UAE from September 19th.
Suresh Raina Cricket Career: A Brief Overview
- A firm believer of hard work and courage, Suresh Raina made his ODI debut in 2015 against Sri Lanka and is considered one of the best fielders in the country.
- The occasional off-spin bowler played U-19 World Cup in 2004 before making his ODI debut in 2005.
- Suresh Raina cricket career shot through the roof with his T20 debut on 2006 and Test debut in 2010. He made a century on his Test debut.
- Suresh Raina is the only Indian batsman to score a century in all the three cricket formats i.e., Test cricket, One Day International and T20’s. He is also the third batsman worldwide to make a century in T20.
- He is the first Indian batsman to score more than 6000 runs in his T20 career.
- Suresh Raina holds the record of most number of catches(52) in IPL which cemented his name as a remarkable fielder. He is also the first Indian player to hit 100 sixes in IPL and only second in the world.
Suresh Raina Retirement: Final Thoughts
For a year now, Raina hasn’t played competitive cricket. He was last seen in in IPL of 2019 when he was suddenly ruled out of the game due to a knee injury. The surgery required him to miss the 2019/20 domestic season. This could be the reason Suresh Raina retired from international cricket. He is now preparing for IPL 2020 along with his Chennai Super Kings team in Chennai.