Former Indian all-rounder Suresh Raina on Wednesday announced that he has decided to retire from all formats of the game. The 35-year-old confirmed the development through a social media post. Taking to his official Twitter account, Raina thanked the BCCI, the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association, Chennai Super Kings, BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla, and the fans o Indian cricket for the support throughout his cricketing journey.
In his tweet, Suresh 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”.
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 🇮🇳
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) September 6, 2022
Suresh Raina, who is one of the prominent cricketers in the Indian Premier League (IPL), went unsold at the mega players’ auction earlier this year. Surprisingly, even Chennai Super Kings hesitated in bidding for the player who had brought laurels for them in the past. According to a Dainik Jagran report, Raina will be expected to feature in T20 leagues in South Africa, Sri Lanka, and UAE. He will also not play for his state Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming domestic season.
As per the quotes in Dainik Jagran, Suresh Raina said, “I want to continue playing cricket for two or three years. 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.”
The former Indian cricketer will be joining the team led by master blaster Sachin Tendulkar in the upcoming edition of the Road Safety World Series, starting September 10. He said, “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.”
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Back in 2020, Suresh Raina retired from international cricket and he made the announcement less than an hour after MS Dhoni announced his on August 15. Raina was part of the men in blue which won the 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy under Dhoni’s leadership.
Here is how the cricketing fraternity reacted to the decision of Suresh Raina:
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) September 6, 2022
Best wishes for future endeavours
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) September 6, 2022
Wonderful cricketer and a fine individual. It’s been an absolute delight to see you play the game @ImRaina . All the best going forward to you. 😊😊. Have a super time in whatever you pursue going forward. Wishing all success 👍👍😊😊 https://t.co/vWzZYupzjR
— RK (@RK_sports) September 6, 2022
Suresh Raina has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket!
He is India’s only centurion in ICC Men’s @T20WorldCup history 🙌
Relive the brilliant knock from the 2010 edition 📽️
— ICC (@ICC) September 6, 2022
Cricket retirements are weird nowadays. He said ALL forms of cricket and yet we may see him playing cricket in a tournament this month only. 👀 https://t.co/t2aPiiE6CY
— Omkar Mankame (@Oam_16) September 6, 2022
— Rajendra Sen (@Rajendrasenetv) September 6, 2022
— Nitish Kumar Suman (@NitishKSuman) September 6, 2022
सुरेश रैना ने क्रिकेट से सन्यास लिया।
भविष्य के लिए शुभकामनाएं @ImRaina
— Sonu Kumar (@Sonu_indiatv) September 6, 2022
Best wishes to you for all your endeavours. 😊💐
— Sukirti Madhav Mishra (@SukirtiMadhav) September 6, 2022
सर, आपकी बल्लेबाजी हमेशा याद रहेगी। नई पारी के लिए बहुत बहुत शुभकामनाएं
— Sudhir Kumar Pandey (@SudhirPaandey) September 6, 2022