The IPL and Suresh Raina’s domestic career in India has come to an end. Former India and Uttar Pradesh batter declared his retirement from “all formats of cricket.” Almost immediately after MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on August 15, 2020, Raina too announced his retirement.
“It has been an absolute honour to represent my country & state UP. I would like to announce my retirement from all formats of cricket,” Raina posted on Twitter on Tuesday.
It has been an absolute honour to represent my country & state UP. I would like to announce my retirement from all formats of Cricket. I would like to thank @BCCI, @UPCACricket, @ChennaiIPL, @ShuklaRajiv sir & all my fans for their support and unwavering faith in my abilities 🇮🇳
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) September 6, 2022
The choice will enable Raina to participate in international T20 competitions. As well as tournaments like the Road Safety Series, for which he has already been confirmed. “I want to continue playing cricket for two or three years,” Raina was quoted as saying by Dainik Jagran. “There are some exciting youngsters who are coming through the ranks of Uttar Pradesh cricket. I have already taken my No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA). I have informed BCCI secretary Jay Shah and vice-president Rajiv Shukla about my decision.”
“I will play in the Road Safety Series. T20 franchises from South Africa, Sri Lanka and UAE have contacted me but I am yet to take any decision.”
After his final IPL match in 2021, Raina had not played either first-class or list A cricket since 2018. Before the 2022 player auction, in which none of the 10 franchises purchased him, he was released by Chennai Super Kings.
Raina departs with totals of 8654 runs in 336 T20 matches. He also holds 8078 runs in 302 list A games, and 6871 runs in 109 first-class games. He started his senior domestic career in 2002–2003 for UP. In 2005, he made his international debut. Raina was a member of the Indian team that won the ODI World Cup in 2011. He participated in 226 ODIs, 78 T20Is, and 18 Tests. He was the first Indian batsman to record a century in each of the three international formats.
Between 2008 and 2021, Raina played 11 IPL seasons for the Chennai Super Kings, serving as a major member of the team. He continues to be CSK’s leading scorer with 4687 runs from 176 games and four titles won with them.
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