Suresh Raina retires from international cricket
India left-hand batsman and a great fielder Suresh Raina has announced his retirement from international cricket after Dhoni announced his retirement, joining his skipper in the second inning of life. The 33-year-old represented India in more than 300 internationals in a career that spanned over 13 years. Minutes after former India captain MS Dhoni announced his international retirement on Instagram, Raina followed his skipper footpath with an announcement of his own. Raina was a vital part of Dhoni’s white-ball sides for a major part of his career, winning the 2011 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy under him. Raina, who made his international debut against Sri Lanka in 2005, went on to feature in 226 ODIs, scoring 5615 runs at 35.31. He also notched up five centuries and 36 half-centuries in the format. He made 78 T20I appearances, compiling 1605 runs with a hundred and five fifties. The first Indian batsman to make centuries in all three formats of the game, 33-year-old Suresh Raina’s retirement, which came minutes after Dhoni’s, was met with shock by a few teammates. Raina, who shares a great camaraderie with Dhoni, expressed his admiration for playing alongside Dhoni on social media while adding that he too was retiring.
His most successful year in ODI cricket was 2008, where he scored 680 runs in 18 innings at an average of 45.33 and a strike-rate above 100. He also had a 40-plus average in 2012, recording 492 runs at 41.00 in 17 innings. He also played a vital role in India’s 2011 World Cup victory, notching up scores of 34* and 36* in successful chases against Australia and Pakistan in the quarter-final and semi-final. The left-hander was an important part of India’s revolution in fielding, setting the bar high with his athleticism on the field. He claimed 167 catches in his international career.
With his 228-ball 120 against Sri Lanka on Test debut, Raina became the first India batsman to score a century in all three formats of the game. While his Test career did not reach the same level as his white-ball feats, the left-hander managed to record eight 50-plus scores in the format, including the debut hundred. He accumulated 768 Test runs at 26.48 in 18 matches. His final international appearance came in a T20I against England in 2018. Raina played 18 Tests, 226 ODIs, and 78 T20Is for India, making 7,787 runs across formats in international cricket. He was the first Indian batsman to record a hundred in the shortest format of the game when he made 101 against South Africa in the 2010 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Tributes for Raina came from his former teammates and current India team players.