Along with MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina also announces his international retirement
After breaking into the national side in 2005, Raina went on to play 19 Tests and 226 ODIs, amassing 768 and 5615 runs respectively.
Updated - Aug 15, 2020 8:49 pm
Along with MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina has also announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday. 33-year-old Raina, who last donned the Indian jersey in 2018, announced that he has also decided to join Dhoni in his retirement journey.
Sharing a picture featuring several CSK players, Raina paid tribute to Dhoni post his retirement. Furthermore, he also announced his decision to bid adieu to the sport along with Dhoni.
“It was nothing but lovely playing with you, @mahi7781 . With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you India. Jai Hind!” wrote Raina on Instagram.
Suresh Raina was a part of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning squad
Raina was set to don the Chennai Super Kings jersey in the thirteenth edition of the IPL. Recently, the left-hander had also shared several photos with his CSK teammates while boarding the flight to Chennai for the training camp.
The left-hander had been sidelined from the Indian side since a couple of years. After breaking into the national side in 2005, Raina went on to play 19 Tests and 226 ODIs, amassing 768 and 5615 runs respectively. Despite breaking into the ODI side in 2005, the left-hander had to wait five years before paving his way into the Test side.
Raina made his Test debut against the same opposition and hogged headlines by smashing a ton. That turned out to be his only century in the traditional format. In ODIs, Raina gathered 5 tons and 36 half-centuries. Talking about his journey in the T20I format, Raina represented India in 78 matches and scored 1605 runs including a century.
Known for his aggressive batting approach and fielding skills, Raina was the first Indian batsman to hit a century in all three formats of international cricket. He also was a part of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning squad. Failing to remain a regular face in the Indian squad since 2017, Raina was also dropped from the Annual Retainership of the BCCI.
Both Raina and Dhoni will be now seen donning the Chennai Super Kings jersey in the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League, slated to start from September 19th in the UAE. Both the CSK stalwarts are currently involved in the training camp which is going to end on August 20th.