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Suresh Raina retires from all forms of cricket; fans laud his prolific career

Suresh Raina has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Earlier, he announced his retirement from international cricket in 2020 along with MS Dhoni. Meanwhile, fans have lauded his prolific career.

Suresh Raina retires from all forms of cricket; fans laud his prolific career-ayh
First Published Sep 6, 2022, 12:45 PM IST

Former Indian middle-order batter Suresh Raina has ended his cricketing journey, announcing his retirement from all forms of cricket. On Tuesday, he took to his Twitter handle to tell the news that he is hanging up his boots from the sport permanently. Raina began his professional cricket journey in 2002 and became one of India's most talented and pivotal middle-order batters. He also played a significant role in the success of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He failed to attract buyers for him during the IPL Mega Auction earlier this year. At the same time, fans have lauded his prolific career.

Taking to his Twitter handle, Raina wrote, "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. 🇮🇳"

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As far as Raina's career numbers go, he has scored 6,871 runs in 109 matches at an average of 42.15, including 14 tons and 45 half-centuries, along with a top score of an unbeaten 204, having played for his home state of Uttar Pradesh. In List-A cricket, he has collected 8,078 in 269 innings at 35.42, including seven 100s and 55 50s, with a top knock of 129.

Considering his stats in the shortest format, Raina has accumulated 8,654 in 319 Twenty20 (T20) innings at 32.17 and a strike rate of 137.45. It includes four tons and 53 half-centuries, including a top knock of an unbeaten 126. Besides UP and CSK, he has also played for Central Zone, Gujarat Lions (GL), India A, India Blue, India Green, India Red, India Seniors and President's XI.

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