Suresh Raina is an Indian former international cricketer.
40 Facts About Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina occasionally served as stand-in captain for Indian men's national cricket team during the absence of the main captain.
Suresh Raina played for Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket circuit.
Suresh Raina is an aggressive left-handed middle-order batsman and an occasional off-spin bowler.
Suresh Raina is the second-youngest player ever to captain India.
Suresh Raina was the captain of Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League, and he served as vice-captain of the Chennai Super Kings.
Suresh Raina is the first Indian batsman to hit a century in all three formats of international cricket.
On 15 August 2020, Suresh Raina announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket.
Suresh Raina pulled out of the 2020 Indian Premier League due to personal reasons.
Suresh Kumar Raina was born in Muradnagar of Uttar Pradesh on 27 November 1986 into a Kashmiri Pandit family, to parents from Rainawari, Srinagar district of Jammu and Kashmir.
In 2000, Suresh Raina decided to play cricket and subsequently moved from his hometown Muradnagar, Ghaziabad district to Lucknow, to attend the Guru Gobind Singh Sports College, Lucknow.
Suresh Raina toured Sri Lanka later that year with the U-17 team.
Suresh Raina made his Ranji Trophy debut for Uttar Pradesh against Assam in February 2003 at the age of 16 but did not play another match until the following season.
Suresh Raina debuted in List A Cricket against Madhya Pradesh at Indore in 2005 and scored 16 runs.
Suresh Raina played for India green, UP under 16, India Blue, India Red, Rest of India, India under 19, Indian board's president's XI, Rajasthan Cricket association's president's XI, India seniors, Central zone.
Suresh Raina was then awarded a Border-Gavaskar scholarship to train at the Australian Cricket Academy and in early 2005, he made his first-class limited overs debut, and scored 645 runs that season at an average of 53.75.
Suresh Raina was awarded "best fielder" by the BCCI ahead of the finals of IPL 2010.
Suresh Raina played a vital half-century which turned the final to Chennai's tide who ultimately went on to become the champions beating the Mumbai Indians.
Suresh Raina missed the fastest century of the cricketing history by just 13 runs due to a runout.
In 2016, Suresh Raina was signed for the Gujarat Lions after the suspension of CSK.
Suresh Raina captained the team for the season, and remained consistent with batting, scoring 399 runs in 15 innings.
Suresh Raina had to leave for the Netherlands in between of season 9 for birth of his first child thus making him miss his first ever match in nine seasons of IPL.
Suresh Raina was named in the Cricbuzz IPL XI of the tournament for 2017.
In IPL 2018, Suresh Raina was retained by the returning Super Kings for a price tag of 11 crore.
In 2020, Suresh Raina flew to UAE where the IPL was to be played due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with the Super Kings squad but days later returned to India and withdrew from the 2020 season of IPL citing personal reasons.
Suresh Raina was one of the few best fielders during his time with Indian team.
Suresh Raina struggled against short bowling and in the final Test was out for a 29-ball duck, the longest in India's Test history.
Suresh Raina was named as 12th man in the 'Team of the Tournament' for the 2012 T20 World Cup by the ICC.
Suresh Raina was not selected in India's first tour to USA, where they played against West Indies for 2 T20Is.
Suresh Raina announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket on 15 August 2020, minutes after the retirement of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Suresh Raina had more success in limited over cricket than in test.
Suresh Raina has weakness of short pitched balls and throughout his career opposition teams tried to exploit this weakness.
Suresh Raina has been widely criticised for his short ball weakness.
Suresh Raina's favourite scoring area is mid wickets on side.
Suresh Raina's father Trilokchand Raina was a military officer in an ordinance factory.
Suresh Raina's family left 'Rainawari' in Jammu and Kashmir union territory of India amid the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus in the 1990s and settled down in Muradnagar town, Ghaziabad district, Uttar Pradesh.
Suresh Raina trained in the Guru Gobind Singh sports college, Lucknow in 1998.
Suresh Raina has a sister and his one elder brother is in Indian Army.
Suresh Raina received an honorary doctorate from Vels University on 5 August 2022.