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Suresh Raina(born 27 November 1986) is a former Indian international cricketer. An aggressive left-handed middle-order batsman and an occasional off-spin bowler, he is also regarded as one of the best fielders in world cricket. He played for Uttar Pradesh in all forms of domestic cricket. He was the captain of the Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League and is the current vice-captain of the Chennai Super Kings. Suresh Raina has also captained the Indian cricket team and is the second-youngest player ever to captain India. He is the first Indian batsman to hit a century in all three formats of international cricket.

On 15 August 2020, Raina announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket. He pulled from the 2020 Indian Premier League due to personal reasons.

Personal Information
Full name Suresh Kumar Raina
Born 27 November 1986 (age 35)
Muradnagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Nickname Sonu, Chinna Thala[1]
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Batting Left-handed
Bowling Right arm off-spin
Role Batsman
International Information
National side ·         India (2005–2018)
Test debut (cap 265) 26 July 2010 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 10 January 2015 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 159) 30 July 2005 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 17 July 2018 v England
ODI shirt no. 48 (formerly 3 and 30)
T20I debut (cap 8) 1 December 2006 v South Africa
Last T20I 8 July 2018 v England
T20I shirt no. 3
Domestic Team Information
Years Team
2002/03–2020/21 Uttar Pradesh
2008–2015 Chennai Super Kings (squad no. 3)
2016–2017 Gujarat Lions (squad no. 3)
2018–2021 Chennai Super Kings

Personal Life

Suresh Raina’s father Trilokchand Raina was a military officer, who had mastery in making bombs in an ordinance factory. Raina’s ancestral village is ‘Rainawari’ in the Jammu and Kashmir union territory of India. His father left the village after the killings of Kashmir Pandits in the 1990s. The family settled down in Muradnagar town. His father had a 10,000 rupees salary and he couldn’t afford the high Cricket coaching fees for Suresh. Then Raina was admitted to the Guru Gobind Singh sports college, Lucknow in 1998. Raina said he always remains careful not to mention anything, which would remind his father about the tragedy of Kashmir. Suresh Raina had a house in Rainawari, but due to fear of life, they had to leave it. Raina has a sister and his one elder brother is in the Indian Army.

Raina married Priyanka on 3 April 2015. They have a daughter and a son.

Raina’s uncle Ashok Kumar was assaulted by robbers during a robbery in their house in Punjab. He didn’t survive. Due to this, Raina had withdrawn from the 2020 IPL season to be with his family.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is his closest friend.


Domestic Career

He made his Ranji Trophy debut for Uttar Pradesh against Assam in February 2003 at the age of 16 but did not play another match until the following season. He debuted in List A Cricket against Madhya Pradesh at Indore in 2005 and scored 16 runs. He played for India green, UP under 16, India Blue, India Red, Rest of India, India under 19, Indian board’s president’s XI, Rajasthan Cricket association’s president’s XI, India seniors, Central zone. In Ranji’s trophy 2005-06 season he scored 620 in 6 games. In 2018 Akshdeep Nath replaced him as UP’s Ranji trophy captain due to poor performance of scoring 105 runs in 9 innings averaging 11.66.

Raina was awarded “best fielder” by the BCCI ahead of the finals of IPL 2010. He played a vital half-century which turned the final to Chennai’s tide who ultimately went on to become the champions beating the Mumbai Indians. For his performances in 2010, he was named in the Cricinfo IPL XI.

On 23 March 2019, in the first match of the 12th edition of the tournament against RCB, he became the first batsman to score 5000 runs in the IPL.

In 2020, Raina flew to UAE where the IPL was to play due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with the Super Kings squad but days later returned to India and withdrew from the 2020 season of IPL citing personal reasons.

In 2021, Raina became the fourth player in IPL history to play 200 matches, behind MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, and Dinesh Karthik.


International Career

During the semi-final of the 2011 Cricket World Cup, Raina batted with tailenders to score an unbeaten 36, a significant contribution to India’s final tally of 260.

His knock of 100 against England during the England tour of India 2012–13 at Cardiff was nominated to be one of the best ODI batting performances of the year by ESPNCricinfo.

Suresh Raina was not selected in India’s first tour to the USA, where they played against West Indies for 2 T20Is. However, he made a re-entry to the ODI team for a series against New Zealand. Later he was ruled out due to Chikungunya.

In October 2018, he was named in India C’s squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy.

In 2011, India toured West Indies after the World Cup with captain MS Dhoni rested and vice-captain Virender Sehwag injured. Gautam Gambhir was named the captain for the ODIs and T20’s with Raina as his deputy. But due to injury, Gautam Gambhir was ruled out with Raina captaining with Harbhajan Singh as his deputy. During the 2014 Bangladesh series, he led his team to a 2–0 victory in the series. During the 2nd match of the series, India was all out for 105 runs while batting first. Suresh Raina and his young team defended 105 runs and eventually won the match by 47 runs.

Raina announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket on 15 August 2020 – minutes after the retirement of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Raina took to Instagram saying, “It was nothing but lovely playing with you, @mahi7781. With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in your journey. Thank you, India. Jai Hind.”

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