The young and aggressive player of the Indian cricket team, Suresh Kumar Raina’s visit to Earth was on November 27th, in 1986. Raina was the youngest in his Kashmiri Pundit family, who all have origins in Rainawari quarter of Srinagar, which is a city in Jammu and Kashmir. Suresh Raina’s father name Tirlokchand Raina, Mother name Parvesh Raina and Elder Brother name Dinesh Raina.
Suresh Raina is an attacking left-handed batsman and a renowned fielder, who is known for his ability, to hit the stumps from the infield. He is also an occasional spinner. It was in his 13th age, in 1999, that Raina took up cricket seriously and he moved from his city Muradnagar, Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh to Lucknow, to attend the specialist government Sports College.
Raina played his cricket very well, that he soon became the captain of the Uttar Pradesh U-16. In 2002, Raina was selected at the age of 15 and half years for the U-19 tour to England. Raina remained to shine in those matches by scoring a pair of half centuries, in U-19 test matches. In the same year Raina also traveled to Sri Lanka with the U-17 team.
Suresh Raina made his first Ranji Trophy debut for Uttar Pradesh, against Assam, in February 2003. He also played for the U-19 Asian ODI Championship match, in Pakistan, in 2003. Raina was selected for the 2004 U-19 World Cup, after the Pakistan tour. He scored three half centuries, including a 90 scored off only 38 balls. Raina was also awarded a Border Gavaskar scholarship, to train at the Australian Cricket Academy.
In 2005, Raina made his first class limited overs debut, and he scored 645 runs in that season, at an average of 53.75. Raina also participated in the Challenger Series, in early 2005. Due to the injury to Sachin Tendulkar and the suspension to the captain Sourav Ganguly, Raina was selected for the Indian Oil Cup 2005 in Sri Lanka. He had a difficult start to his International Career, being dismissed first ball by Sri Lankan spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan. With the return of Ganguly from suspension, Raina lost his place in the starting XI for the tour for Zimbabwe.
Raina again had chances to play five matches since Mohammed Kaif was injured and also Ganguly was sacked after a row with coach Greg Chappell. He played very well in those matches, but again had to lose his place in the team due to the return of Kaif. Raina earned his first Man-of-the-Match award in ODI, for scoring an unbeaten 81* in a successful run-chase, at Faridabad. He then scored two more half centuries, after which he was raised to BCCI C –grade contract. After a poor run in Malaysia Tri –Series and in 2006 ICC Champions Trophy, he was dropped from the squad altogether.
In 2008, after a strong IPL session, Raina was back into the XI for a Triangle ODI tournament in Bangladesh, when Sachin was in rest. On 25th of June 2008, Raina scored his maiden 100, against Hong Kong during 2008 Asia Cup. His hundred in just 66 balls, was at that time, the second fastest century in Indian ODI history. He also scored 84 of 69 against Pakistan and 116 of 107 against Bangladesh in next two matches and also won Man-of-the-Match award successively three times. Thus Suresh Raina became a member of India’s full strength ODI and T20 team.
In 2010 ICC World Twenty20, against South Africa, Raina scored 101 of 60 balls, on 2nd of May 2010, becoming the third player to score Twenty20 International century, after West Indies’ Chris Gayle and New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum. In South Africa’s tour to India in 2010, Raina was part of the squad, but was not in the playing XI. Raina was then brought into the Test squad, for the tour of Sri Lanka in July and August 2010. Suresh Raina made his debut in the Second Test, after Yuvraj Singh was ill.
Raina was on the bench throughout the first half of 2011 Cricket World cup. He started against defending champions Australia, in Quarter finals, as Dhoni made a strategic change by bringing Raina in and omitting Yusuf Pathan. In semi finals Raina batted with tailenders and scored 36 runs, which were most valuable runs for India in that match. He took another catch in the final against Sri Lanka, but he did not have the chance to bat in that match. After the World cup, Raina took over as captain, as Dhoni opted to take rest and also Gambhir was injured. In the England tour, Raina was selected for the test match. He struggled against short bowling and in finals he was out for a 29 ball Duck, which was the longest in the Test History.
He was also a part of Chennai Super Kings and made many significant contributions. Raina found form in 2009 IPL scoring 434 runs off 14 games, with strike rate over 140.00. He was also awarded “best fielder award” and he has also hit second maximum number of sixes, behind Adam Gilchrist, in three edition of the League. He has also set a record for scoring most number of runs, in the tournament and most number of catches. He has also captained the Super Kings for three months. In 2011 Indian Premier League he was retained with the Chennai Super Kings.
Suresh Raina became the 10th ODI player to notch three consecutive Man –of-the-Match awards. He is also the 12th Indian to score a century on Test debut and also third player to score a century in all three formats of cricket after Gayle and McCullum. He also was India’s top run-getter and fifth highest overall in 2010 ICC World Twenty20.