Former teen prodigy Suresh Raina is a capable batter who has featured on and off in the Indian squad since his Under-19 days. He has also shown consistent form in the IPL (Indian Premier League) since its inception. Suresh is an aggressive batter who somehow manages to find the chinks in the opponent’s armor. He is also an above-average bowler.
Basic Information About Suresh Raina
Full Name: Suresh Kumar Raina
Age: 34-years-old (Born in Uttar Pradesh in 1986)
Bat Style: Left-handed batter
Teams: Currently, he is a middle-order batter for Chennai Super Kings but has previously played for Gujarat Lions and Uttar Pradesh.
Bowling Style: Right-handed off-spin
Suresh made his splash into the cricket scene at a tender age deciding to focus on it at fourteen years old. He even moved from his hometown to attend Guru Gobind Singh Sports College, which had a robust cricket program. While there, he rose to captain the Under-16 Uttar Pradesh side, and his standout performances drew the eye of recruiters for India Under -19 team. In 2002, he was enlisted in the squad for the Under-19 tour of England at a mere fifteen and a half years old. He made the Under-19 World Cup squad, where he scored three half-centuries, including 90 out of 38 balls.
Raina made his international première in the senior squad in an ODI match against Sri Lanka in July 2005, while his T20I debut was in 2006 against South Africa. He displayed nerves of steel during the 2011 Cricket World Cup, contributing to India’s advancement past the quarter and semi-finals. He made a crucial 34 runs out of 28 balls to tip India to victory in the quarters. MS Dhoni captained the team, and it went on to win that edition of the World Cup. Suresh announced his resignation from all formats of international cricket in August 2020, soon after the retirement of his close friend M S Dhoni. During his career, he had several spells as Captain and Vice-Captain both in International and domestic cricket.
Raina has been part of the Indian Premier League since its inception with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). He was one of four players retained by CSK after its return to the IPL (from suspension) in 2018. He went on to get the cup that year despite a calf injury early in the season. While CSK was suspended, he played for the Gujarat Lions but returned to CSK immediately after it resumed the IPL.
In March 2019, during the first match of IPL 12, he became the first batsman to score 5,000 runs in the IPL. He missed out on IPL 2020 held in the UAE for personal reasons but was retained by CSK for IPL 2021 for 11 crores.
Last 3 Matches Played
Before the IPL was suspended in 2021 by the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), CSK was placed second in the league. CSK lost its last match held at Arun Jaitley on 1st May 2021 to Mumbai Indians by four wickets. It also won its second-last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, held at the same venue on 28th April by seven wickets. This victory was preceded by another against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Wankhede Stadium on 25th April 2021. CSK won this match by 69 runs.