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Suresh Raina announces his retirement from all formats of Cricket

Former India cricketer Suresh Raina has announced his retirement from all forms of Cricket today.

Suresh Raina announced his retirement on Twitter.

He wrote, “It has been an absolute honor to represent my country & state UP. I would like to announce my retirement from all formats of Cricket.”

“I would like to thank BCCI, UPCA Cricket, Chennai IPL, Shukla Rajiv sir & all my fans for their support and unwavering faith in my abilities.”

 

In 2020, Raina announced his retirement from international cricket.

His announcement had come in less than an hour after MS Dhoni had announced retirement his on 15 August.

He continued playing the IPL in 2021 but was released by Chennai Super Kings ahead of the 2022 season

Suresh Raina played his last competitive game in October 2021 when he played for CSK against Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi.

Since there is a rule that an active international or domestic player can’t play T20 leagues around the world, this decision will allow Raina to explore more.

 “I want to continue playing cricket for two or three years,” he 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.”

Suresh Raina can now explore T20 leagues around the world

“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.”
Raina still remains their top scorer with 4687 runs from 176 matches.
He was released by Chennai Super Kings ahead of the IPL 2022 player auction, where he was not bought by any of the ten franchises.

Suresh Raina’s International stats

Raina played 226 ODIs, 78 T20Is, and 18 Tests for India, and was part of the squad that won the ODI World Cup in 2011.
He was the first Indian batter to score a century in all three international formats.
Suresh Raina’s domestic record stats
Raina retires having scored 6871 runs in 109 first-class games, 8078 runs in 302 list A games, and 8654 runs in 336 T20 matches.
He began his senior domestic career for UP back in 2002-03. ( Record Stats via Wikipedia & Espn CricInfo )
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