Suresh Raina confirmed his retirement from international cricket on Sunday. A world-class fielder and a useful bowler, Raina represented India in 18 Tests, 226 ODIs and 78 T20Is in an international career spanning 13 years.
A member of the victorious World Cup-winning team in 2011, Raina first made his international debut at the age of 18 and also led India in ODIs and T2OIs when he turned 23. He is the youngest to lead an India men’s T20I side and was also a member of the side that played in India’s first-ever T20I. The southpaw is also the first Indian to score a century in the T20 World Cup.
Under his captaincy, India registered a 3-2 series victory in West Indies and a 2-0 win over Bangladesh in ODIs and a 2-0 T20I series win in Zimbabwe.
Raina, who scored a century on debut in Tests, is also the first Indian to have hundreds in all three formats of the game and his centuries were scored outside India.
Sharing a statement on social media, Raina recalled his journey with ‘a lot of mixed feelings’.
“With a lot of mixed feelings I’m able to make this announcement of my retirement. From a very young age, I as a small boy had literally lived Cricket on every street, gali and nukkad of my small town before making it to the Indian team,” Raina wrote.
“All I have known is cricket, all I have done is cricket & it runs through my veins.
There hasn’t been a single day without counting my blessings & without acknowledging everything I have received from god & my people who showered nothing but love on me.
All I strived for was to value those blessings & give my everything in return to my game, to my country & everyone who has been a part of this journey.
I had multiple surgeries, set backs & moments when I felt that this is it but I didn’t stop or settle for anything which was not justified.
It’s been an incredible ride and it would not have been possible without everyone who supported me during my ups and downs. This journey could not have been possible without the unflinching support and sacrifices of my parents, my loving wife Priyanka, my children Gracia and Rio, my brothers, my sister and all members of our family. This is all you.
My Coaches who always showed me the right direction, my Physicians for helping me heal, my trainers for helping me perform at the highest level.
My boys in BLUE, nothing would have been possible without the support of the wonderful India Team in blue. I had the pleasure of playing with the best of the very best players and all of them played for Team India. I feel lucky to have played under the captaincy of some of the best minds in the game Rahul Bhai, Anil Bhai, Sachin Paaji, Chiku and especially with @mahi7781 for guiding me as a friend and mentor.
Thank you @indiancricketteam and @upcacricket for the all the support and making the dreams of a boy from UP wanting to play for team India come true.
And lastly my fans, I am what I am because of the love and adulation that you have showered upon me thru the years.
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) August 16, 2020
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everyone who supported me in playing International Cricket at the highest level. I’ll always be filled with nothing but gratitude
Forever, Team India. Jai Hind.”
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