Suresh Raina, a former Indian batter, declared his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday. The left-handed hitter had retired from international cricket in 2020, and he has now made the decision to say goodbye to all forms of the game. On Twitter, Raina made his announcement and congratulated the BCCI, Rajeev Shukla, Chennai Super Kings, and Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association.
Taking to Twitter, 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,” tweeted Raina. Earlier, Raina’s decision to retire from international cricket in 2020 had come minutes after Dhoni said “consider me retired” on his Instagram page. “It was nothing but lovely playing with you, @mahi7781 . With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you India. Jai Hind,” Raina had posted on his Instagram page.
The 35-year-old, who played in 18 Tests, 226 ODIs, and 78 T20 Internationals, is one of the few players to achieve century in all three formats. His total number of international runs was close to 8000. The pivotal undefeated innings Raina played against Australia during the victorious 2011 World Cup quarterfinal was his best performance in international cricket. Up to the 2021 tournament, the left-handed batter played a significant role for Chennai Super Kings. However, the southpaw wasn’t snapped up in the auction prior to the 2022 season.