14 Amazing Facts about Suresh Raina

Hey guys welcome to this article, so in this article we will going to talk about some Amazing Facts about Suresh Raina. Suresh Raina is one of the most under-appreciated crickets in India cricket history. Very few fans know that Suresh Raina made his debut in Under 19 at the age of 16. So, let’s dive into facts Suresh Raina, a man who have zero selfless attitude with a pure gentleman player of India. So read this article till end because his article is going to be very interesting, because, many of them don’t know these facts or you know but doesn’t notice, but any way, lets start this article without any further delay.

14 Amazing Facts about Suresh Raina:

He Got Duck Out on First Match:

Having been called into the main Indian team following his excellence in local cricket and official Indian sides, Raina’s international appearances at the age of 18 were nothing to remember. On 30 July 2005, against Sri Lanka in Dambulla, the left-handed batsman was bowled on the very first ball by none other than spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.

Indian Youngest T20 Captain:

At the age of 23, Suresh Rane became India’s youngest captain in the T20I format. With this, he also became the second youngest player to lead India in any format. At the age of 21, Mansoor Ali Khan is the youngest player of Pataudi.

First Indian to score T20I century:

At the 2010 World T20 in West Indies, Suresh Raina became the first Indian to score a century for India in T20I cricket. His innings of 101 against South Africa at Gros Islet came off just 60 balls and included 9 fours and 5 sixes. Only one other player has scored a century for India in T20 format – Rohit Sharma.

Played in 2004 U19 WordCup:

Raina represented India in the 2004 edition of the ICC Under-19 World Cup. He played with some of the future Indian players like Shikhar Dhawan, Robin Uthappa and Ambati Rayudu. The tournament also featured other future international players who represented their respective countries such as Angelo Mathews, Alastair Cook, Vernon Philander and Wahab Riaz.

A gems for CSK:

Raina played for Chennai Super Kings and made many excellent records in the Indian Premier League. He is the first player to score 3000 runs in IPL. He has the record of highest number of numbers in his name. Number of catches in IPL: He was the first Indian and second player in the world to hit 100 sixes in IPL. He is the first and only player to score more than 400 runs in 7 IPL seasons. Raina is also the first and only Indian player to score a century in IPL, CLT20 and T20I.

Outstanding ODI Debut:

Suresh Raina had contrasting performances in his ODI and Test debut matches. In his ODI debut, he was out LBW for a golden duck by Muttiah Muralitharan. However, Raina scored an impressive century in a high-scoring draw on his Test debut against the same opponent in 2010. This feat made him the 12th Indian to score a century on Test debut.

Cricket Ambition:

Raina decided to play cricket at the age of 14 and went to the Specialist Government Sports College. He later became the captain of Uttar Pradesh Under-19 team. He came into limelight after being selected to represent India Under-19 at the age of just 15. After impressive performances at a very young age, Raina was awarded the Border-Gavaskar Scholarship to train at the Australian Cricket Academy.

A true Finisher:

Raina has bowled for India in 55 victorious ODI run-chases at an average of 66.60 and a scoring rate of 101.74, which included two centuries and 13 half-centuries/fifties. Only Kohli (98.93), MS Dhoni (97.81), and Rayudu (116.60) have a higher average, while only Virender Sehwag has a scoring rate of 105.96.

The IPL Star:

Raina has certainly reigned supreme in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Raina has been with Chennai Super Kings since the team’s inception, except for the second season with Gujarat Lions when the franchise was banned. With 4985 runs in the IPL at an average of 35.10, two hundreds and 34 half-centuries, he is CSK’s all-time top run-scorer. Apart from these figures, Raina also has 96 victims and 36 wickets in his name for Chennai Super Kings. His 4985 runs are the highest for any batsman in IPL.

Highest Run getter in IPL:

Raina has scored 3,699 runs in 132 matches played for CSK. This included one century and 25 half-centuries and a highest score of 100 not out. Raina’s strike rate is also the highest in IPL history.

CSK’s Emotion:

Suresh Raina is the only person who never missed a match while playing for CSK. Raina has played all the matches for CSK including Champions League T20.

Kashmiri Roots:

Suresh Raina’s father Trilok Chand is a resident of Rainawari in Jammu and Kashmir state. His mother is from Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. However, his family settled in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. Raina is one of five siblings as he has three elder brothers named Dinesh, Mukesh and Naresh. He also has a sister named Renu.

The UP Sports Hostel Setup:

As a teenager, Raina had to leave Ghaziabad and go to Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, to join one of the state’s sports hostels. Since arriving there in 1999, Raina has worked his way up the age group. According to the rules, he was allowed to keep his room in the hostel for seven years. It was only in 2006, when he was already an India player, that Raina called it quits.

Suresh Raina as a Singer:

Earlier this year, Raina also sang a song for the 2015 Bollywood film ‘Meeruthiya Gangsters’. It was a romantic number named ‘Tu Mila Sab Mila’. Apart from his singing skills, the Indian batsman recently showcased his ability to play the saxophone in a popular TV show.


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