Suresh Raina Retirement: Indian cricketers laud ‘batting-charm’ Suresh Raina’s contribution
Suresh Raina Retirement: Cricketers took to social media to wish the former middle-order batsman for India well in his future endeavours after Suresh Raina announced his retirement from all forms of the game. They remembered working with him as well.
On Tuesday, former India batsman Suresh Raina declared his retirement from all forms of cricket. Irfan Pathan, a former Indian all-rounder, reflected on his time playing alongside the left-handed hitter when he was younger, noting that his “batting appeal was so remarkable.”
“My first memory of @ImRaina was when we played for u-19 India. That batting charm was so special to start with. Wishing you great life ahead brother. I’m sure we will see you play some more cricket,” tweeted Irfan Pathan.
The middle-order hitter was also thanked by KL Rahul for the fantastic experiences both on and off the field.
“Thank you for all the wonderful memories on and off the field. Wishing you the best for your future endeavours,” KL Rahul said.
IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings also congratulated Raina on a good career. With the yellow team, Raina won the Indian Premier League four times.
“The streets of Anbuden will never forget what Chinna Thala meant to each and every one of us! Thank You, Mr. IPL!,” said a tweet from CSK’s Twitter handle.
Gautam Gambhir, a former Indian teammate and opener, too used social media to congratulate Raina on his remarkable cricketing career.
“An all-rounder for all seasons! Welcome to the next season of life! #SureshRaina,” tweeted Gambhir.
An all rounder for all seasons! Welcome to the next season of life! #SureshRaina pic.twitter.com/weCsh6ECUz
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 6, 2022
Raina had previously declared his retirement from international cricket on August 15, 2020. Additionally, Suresh Raina played a crucial role for the four-time IPL champion Chennai Super Kings.
Raina was a member of the MS Dhoni-captained side that won the World Cup in 2011. The upcoming domestic season will not see Raina on the field for Uttar Pradesh.
Taking to Twitter to announce his retirement, Raina Tweeted, “It has been an absolute honour to represent my country & state UP. I would like to announce my retirement from all formats of Cricket. I would like to thank @BCCI, @UPCACricket, @ChennaiIPL, @ShuklaRajiv sir & all my fans for their support and unwavering faith in my abilities.”
In his 13-year international career, Raina played for India in 18 Tests, 226 ODIs, and also 78 T20 Internationals.
For India, Raina scored 5615 runs in 226 ODIs and 1605 in 78 T20Is. In addition to being the first Indian to achieve hundreds in all three forms of cricket. Raina, who struck a century on his Test debut, also did so outside of his native country.
Suresh Raina has 5528 runs in 205 IPL games while participating in the league. With 39 half-centuries and one century with a strike rate of 136.76.