January 27, 2023
Suresh Raina said goodbye to cricket

Suresh Raina said goodbye to cricket

Suresh Raina said goodbye to cricket

Indian all-rounder Suresh Raina, who bid farewell to international cricket in 2020, has now announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The 35-year-old star announced his retirement on social media on Tuesday (September 6).

Announcing his retirement in a tweet on his official Twitter account, Raina thanked the Cricket Board of India BCCI, Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association, Chennai Super Kings, BCCI Vice-President Rajeev Shukla and his supporters for their support.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) sensation left-hander did not get a team in the last season’s Meganelam. Even the Chennai franchise who had been performing well for a long time showed no interest in bringing him into the team.

Earlier some Indian dailies said that this cricketer will play T20 in South Africa, Sri Lanka and UAE. He told Indian daily Jagran,

‘I want to continue playing for two to three more years. Great young cricketers are emerging from Uttar Pradesh cricket. I have already collected NOC from Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association. I have also conveyed my decision to BCCI secretary Jai Shah and vice-president Rajeev Shukla.’

However, the cricketer said that he will play under the leadership of Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar in the Road Safety World Series starting from September 10. He said, ‘I will play in the road safety series. T20 franchises in South Africa, Sri Lanka and the Emirates have approached me, but I have not informed them of any decision.’

It may be noted that in 2020, Raina dramatically announced his retirement from international cricket. The all-rounder, who is known to be close to Dhoni, surprised India’s World Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on August 15 by announcing his retirement within an hour of announcing his retirement from international cricket. Under Dhoni’s leadership, he tasted World Cup in 2011 and Champions Trophy in 2013.

In a 13-year international career for India, Raina played 18 Tests, 226 ODIs and 78 T20Is. During this time he also led the Indian team several times in the absence of the regular captain. The left-handed star scored 5615 runs in 226 ODIs and 1605 runs in 78 T20Is.

Dubbed Mr IPL, Suresh Raina became the first Indian player to score a century in all three editions, each outside India.