BCCI Confirms Suresh Raina Retirement
The BCCI, in an official press release, confirms that veteran batsman Suresh Raina has officially announced retirement and communicated to the board of directors that he is calling to quit international cricket. On August 15, Raina announced his international retirement via social media, minutes after the announcement of MS Dhoni.
Left-wing striker Suresh Raina officially communicated to BCCI on Sunday his decision to retire from international cricket. A world-class field player and useful bowler, Raina has represented India in 18 tests, 226 ODI and 78 T20I during a 13-year international career.
A member of the 2011 World Cup-winning team, Raina made his international debut at the age of 18 and also led India in the ODIs and T2OIs at 23. He is the youngest to lead an Indian men’s T20I team and was also a member of the team that played in India’s very first T20I. The left-hander is also the first Indian to score a century in the T20 World Cup.
Under his captain’s position, India recorded a 3-2 series victory in West Indies and a 2-0 victory over Bangladesh in ODI and a 2-0 T20I series victory in Zimbabwe. Raina, who marked a century when he debuted in Tests, is also the first Indian to have hundreds in all three of the game’s formats and his centuries have been marked outside of India.
With his mentor MS Dhoni, he formed a deadly batting partnership. Often meeting in difficult situations, the two helped India cross the finish line. Together they scored 2,421 points for the fifth wicket, the most per pair in ODI for that wicket.
Mr Sourav Ganguly, President, BCCI: “Suresh Raina has been one of the leading performers of limited-overs cricket for India. Getting down in order and playing some of the winning shots requires a lot of skill and talent. He formed with Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni a solid intermediate order for India in the ODI. I wish him and his family the best.
Mr Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary of BCCI: “Suresh Raina was, without doubt, one of the best drummers in T20. A live feed from the pitch, Raina’s prowess as a left-handed batsman has been on display throughout his cricket career. A great match player, Raina’s cameo against Australia in the 2011 World Cup quarter-finals was a testament to her successful career that followed. I wish him the best of luck for the second round of his career.
Mr Arun Singh Dhumal, Honorary Treasurer, BCCI: I would like to congratulate Suresh Raina on the phenomenal career he has had for Team India. Outstanding defender and match-winner, Raina was a treat in white-ball cricket. Your energy and skills will be missed. I wish you good luck in your future endeavours. “