Manoj Tiwary congratulates Suresh Raina on completing 13 years of international cricket

The southpaw has successfully completed a good13 years in international cricket.

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina during the nets session. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Kuljyot Singh

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The Indian team has always been known to produce some of the best and skilled batsmen to have ever played on the international stage. Be it the ancient age of cricketers which included the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Sandeep Patil, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid or the modern day batters like Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni and many more in the heavyweight tally.

One such Indian batsman is left-handed Suresh Raina, who has been an important part of the Indian team for his number of match-winning performances, especially during the period between 2008-2011 period. The Bengal state team skipper Manoj Tiwary congratulated Raina on completing 13 years in the Indian Cricket team.

Suresh Raina- The Unsung Finisher of Indian Cricket in limited-overs cricket

Raina made his ODI debut for the national team in 2005, but after some good outings initially on the big stage, a serious injury acted as a roadblock for the talented batsman. He then made a comeback after a good IPL season in 2008 and the left-hander then found his perfect role in the Indian ODI team in the middle order. The Chennai Super Kings batsman has played some sensational knocks lower down the batting order and has finished many games, when the team needed the most from him. He was also part of the 2011 World Cup winning Indian team, where he contributed with some valuable runs in the middle-order.

He has played 226 ODIs for India in which he has amassed 5615 runs at an impressive strike rate of 93.51, which includes 36 half-centuries and five hundreds. Raina made his T20 debut in 2006 against South Africa and has since then represented the national team in 78 T20Is scoring 1604 runs at a strike rate of 134.79.  The Uttar Pradesh cricketer has been an important clog of the Indian cricket in the limited overs format for a long time because of his explosive batting skills at any situation and also his ability to provide some crucial overs of off-spin with the ball.

After some impressive performances in the limited overs format, Raina made his Test debut in 2010 against Sri Lanka. He smashed a fluent hundred on his debut in Sri Lanka and announced his arrival in the longest format of the game. The talented batsman failed to cement his place in the Test side due to some inconsistent performances. However, Raina was the first Indian batsman to score a hundred in all the three formats of the game.

“He is a champ. My best wishes r always wit him” wrote Tiwary on his Twitter handle on congratulating Raina on his contribution so far to the Indian cricket.

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