Suresh Raina Biography
Suresh Kumar Raina is probably known by fans as the first Indian to score a hundred in all three formats of the game. Born on the 27th of November, 1986, Raina is a left-handed batsman and a more than a handy spinner who has assisted former skipper MS Dhoni with few good overs in the middle of the innings.
He is known for his acrobatic fielding skills and ability to cheer his teammates throughout the innings. Raina has made significant contributions in the lower-middle order for India and has won many games single handedly.
The Start of Raina
The selectors noticed him after his notable performances in the 2004 U-19 World Cup and the U-19 Asia cup. All his exploits in the domestic cricket rewarded him with a international cap at the age of 19 against Sri Lanka.
Raina is credited with scoring a hundred on his test debut against Sri Lanka. Raina had captained the Indian team on it’s tour to Zimbabwe in 2010 which made him the second youngest player to captain India.
Under his captaincy, India won the T20 series against Zimbabwe 2-0.
Rise To Glory
Raina played some crucial knocks in the knockout games of the 2011 World Cup and rescued his team during crunch situations. Gary Kirsten, ex-coach of Team India had said that Raina won the World Cup for us with some crucial knocks.
Raina at his prime form is the last thing that the opposition team wants. He can score a quick fire 40-50 runs at the back end of the innings, bowl a few economical overs and save crucial runs for his team in the field.
Raina has been the talisman for the Chennai Super Kings over the years. He is the highest run-getter in the history of IPL with 4540 runs at an average of 34.13.
Raina missed his first IPL match only in the ninth season due to the birth of his first child. He scored 442 runs for Gujarat Lions in the 10th edition of IPL.
The 2011 World Cup win along with stand-in captain of the Indian team for few games may be termed as the highest point of his career.
Raina was at the top of his game and was looking in good shape to take giant strides in his career. He also had a decent outing in the 2015 World Cup where he blasted 74 off 56 deliveries in the opening game against Pakistan.
Raina averaged just 16.4 in the 2011 series against West Indies. Though the team won the series, Raina as stand-in captain did not play a major role.
He did not feature in any of the test matches in 2013-14 and was also dropped from the team after Yuvraj Singh’s return. He found it difficult to face the short ball in the limited overs format.