IPL history: Top 3 knocks by Suresh Raina
To be titled as the icon player of any cricket league is a matter of pride for every cricketer, and especially if it is Indian Premier League.
Suresh Raina is one such player who has etched his name in the IPL history books. He is known as Mr. IPL for his outstanding match-winning performances in every season of the tournament.
Raina has been the part of the Chennai Super Kings since the first season of IPL. The yellow brigade bought Raina for 6,50,000 USD in the first auction of this mega-event.
Raina has always performed his best in the IPL. He has so far scored 4,985 runs in the tournament history which is by far the highest amongst all the batsmen. He is just 15 runs short from crossing the mark of 5000 runs, which he will surely achieve in the upcoming edition.
He was the first player in the history of the Indian Premier League to score 3,000 runs and he also holds the record of grabbing the most number of catches in this tournament (86). He also has the highest number of appearances for his team amongst all the other players.
So, let's take a look at the top 3 knocks played by Suresh Raina in the history of IPL:
#3 98 (55) vs Rajasthan Royals (2009)
Suresh Raina has always been in top form when it comes to playing in the 20-over format. The same thing happened in the second edition of IPL which took place in the year 2009. Raina helped his franchise pull off a great win against the defending champions, Rajasthan Royals.
After winning the toss, MS Dhoni decided to bat first in hopes of putting a good score on the board. CSK managed to get to the total of 164 with the help of Raina’s knock of 98. Raina completely shattered the Rajasthan bowling attack that day.
Raina’s 98 runs came off just 55 balls and his innings helped him clinch the Man of the Match award for that match.