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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Suresh Raina completes 15 years in the International Cricket

The Indian cricket team all-rounder Suresh Raina completes 15 years in the International cricket. On this day in 2005, he made his debut against Sri Lanka at Dambulla. In his 15 years of International & domestic career, he has given many memorable knocks & been an important key to the team for the victory.

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina

The left-hand Batsman Suresh Raina made his debut, when he was 19 years old against Sri Lanka. However, his Test debut came 5 years later, against the same opposition Sri Lanka. He scored a century on his Test debut. 

Though, In his ODI Debut he went on for a duck, but over the years he made himself to become on of the finest limited over cricketer.

Suresh Raina have achieved many records in the International cricket. He is the third batsman & first ever Indian batsman to hit century in all three formats of International cricket. He is the only Indian to score a century in both T20 & ODI World Cup. 

He have played 19 Tests, 226 ODI & 78 T20I for the Indian cricket team. In that, he have scored 768 runs at 26.28 average in Tests, 5,615 runs at the average of 35.31 in ODI & 1,605 runs at the average of 29.18 in T20I.

Apart from his batting skills, Raina is regarded as one of the greatest fielders in the modern cricket. With his fielding skills, he have wondered everyone. The South African player Jonty Rhodes, who is regarded as one of the best fielder in the world cricket history, have also lauded Raina before and said, Raina is the favorite Indian team fielder for him.

Raina is also an occasional right hand off-spin bowler. Though he is not a regular bowler, he takes important wickets when he comes to bowl. He have made the breakthrough several times.
 
Suresh Raina playing for CSK
Suresh Raina playing for CSK

Raina have excelled his skills well in domestic cricket too. In the Indian Premier League (IPL), he have played for 2 franchise teams, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) & Gujarat Lions (GL). Suresh Raina is known as Mr.IPL for his excellent & consistent performance through out the IPL every seasons. He is the second highest run scorer in IPL with 5368 runs at the average of 33.34.

Among the many excellent knocks in IPL, Suresh Raina's 87 runs off 25 balls against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in 2014, still remains an epic knock & still remains afresh in the minds of his fans. In that match, Raina hit 12 fours & 6 sixes.

Suresh Raina can been seen in action, when IPL 2020 starts from September 26 at UAE. His fans wanted him to see not only in the yellow jersey, also in the blue jersey. He should make his comeback to the Indian cricket team. If his performed well in this upcoming IPL, he may have a chance to make a comeback.

About his 15 years career, Suresh Raina on twitter said that,"Thank you so much guys, really overhelmed with your love & support. These 15 years have been the greatest moments, and you guys as my family members keep me motivated. Love & Peace.

On celebrating the 15 years of Raina's International career, fans on twitter started to trend the #15yearsofRaina. 

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