Suresh Raina Biography | Career | Achievements | Wife

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Regarded as one of the best fielders in the world of cricket, Suresh Raina is an aggressive middle-order Indian batsman. He is a left-hander and an occasional off-spin bowler.

Raina plays for Uttar Pradesh in the domestic format. In the IPL, he is the vice-captain of Chennai Super Kings. When CSK was banned from IPL, Raina was named the captain of Gujarat Lions.

Raina also captained the national team and is the second-youngest player to become a skipper. He is also the first Indian to score centuries in all the three formats of the game internationally.

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Suresh Raina Biography

The 32-year-old cricketer was born on 27 November 1986 at Muradnagar in Uttar Pradesh. Currently he lives in Rajnagar, in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

Raina was given the nickname of ‘Sonu’ by his parents, Trilok Chand Raina (father) and Prevesh Raina (mother). On the other hand, the fans of CSK call Raina by the name of ‘Chinna Thala’. Raina’s father is a retired army officer.

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Raina has three elder brothers – Dinesh, Naresh and Mukesh. He also has one elder sister named Renu. In 2012 book Rahul Dravid: Timeless Steel, a special segment was written in favour of Suresh.

Raina moved his hometown to Lucknow from Muradnagar in 2000. This was because that is when he decided to play cricket. He attended Guru Govind Singh Sports College in Lucknow.

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Suresh Raina Biography Of Domestic And International Career

Raina soon became the captain of the U-16 team of Uttar Pradesh. In 2002, the national selectors noticed Raina and he was selected for the U-19 tour to England. At that time Raina was only 15 and half years of age.

Later that year he played for the U-17 team against Sri Lanka. In February 2003 at the age of 16, Raina made his Ranji debut for Uttar Pradesh against Assam. However until the next season, he didn’t play another match.

He toured Pakistan in 2003 for the U-19 Asian ODI Championship. Later in 2004, he was selected for the U-19 World Cup. In that tournament, Raina scored three half-centuries, which included a 90 off 38 balls.

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Suresh Raina during his U-19 days
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Seeing all his achievements, Raina was awarded the Border-Gavaskar scholarship to train at the Australian Cricket Academy. Raina made his first-class debut in early 2005 and scored 645 runs at an average of 53.75.

Raina was selected for the 2010 South Africa’s tour to India, but didn’t get a match. Later he captained the team against Zimbabwe (which India lost by 6 wickets) and Sri Lanka (which India won).

Raina also captained against Zimbabwe in a two-match T20I series which India won by 2-0 margin. Suresh was the leading run-scorer in the series. It was all in this series that Virat Kohli and R Ashwin made their T20I debuts.

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In 2010 Sri Lanka tour, Raina made his Test debut in place of ill Yuvraj Singh. He joined Sachin Tendulkar when India were 4/241 and stayed until India declared on 4/642. The duo registered a double century partnership and Raina scored his maiden Test century on debut.

However due to poor form in the later part of 2010, he was left out in favour of rookie Cheteshwar Pujara. In 2011 World Cup, Raina was benched in the first half of the tournament in favour of in-form Yusuf Pathan.

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He made into the team in the group game against West Indies in place of injured Virender Sehwag. Against Australia in the quarter-final, Raina partnered Yuvraj Singh. He made 34 from 28 balls and pulled off a tense run-chase successfully.

In the semis Raina partnered with the tail-enders to score a significant unbeaten 36 to take India’s total to 260. He also took the catch of Younis Khan off Yuvraj’s bowling. India went on to win the 2011 World Cup and Indian coach Gary Kirsten later said, “Raina won the World Cup for us with some crucial knocks.”

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After the World Cup, India toured West Indies. There the regular players were rested and Gautam Gambhir was made the captain. But due to an injury to Gauti, Raina was made the captain later in the ODI series. India won the series but Raina only averaged 16.4. In Tests, however, he scored 232 runs at an average of 46.4.

In 2011 England tour, there was debate over choosing Yuvi or Raina for Lord’s Test. But a century against Somerset in the practice game, cemented Raina’s place in the team. However apart from a half-century at Lord’s, Raina scored just 27 from 7 innings. He struggled against short balls in the entire series. In the last Test, he scored a 29-ball duck, which is the longest in India’s Test history.

Raina had a good 2012 Sri Lanka tour where he scored three half-centuries in four games. After the tour, he was dropped in favour of Yuvraj, he made a comeback after suffering from cancer.

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In 2012-13 when England toured India, Raina scored 277 runs at an average of 92.33 with four consecutive half-centuries. India won the series 3-2 and Raina received his first Man of the Series award in ODIs.

He also became the 13th Indian to cross 4000 ODI runs mark in his 159th ODI. After the series, Raina also broke into the ICC top 10 ranked batsmen for the first time.

From 2014 to 2019 Raina had a mixed journey with the national team. He was picked in few series here and there, but was mostly left out. In 2017, due to his inconsistency, Raina was dropped from the Annual Retainership of the BCCI.

Suresh Raina during his struggling period
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Suresh Raina Biography Of IPL Career

When the Indian Premier League started, Raina was bought for three years for an amount of US$650,000 by Chennai Super Kings. He contributed well and played a match-winning knock to guide CSK to the semis.

Through the midway of 2010 tournament, Raina surpassed Adam Gilchrist to become all-time run-getter of the league. He scored 421, 434 and 520 runs in the first three editions of IPL. He was also the second highest six-hitter behind Gilchrist in the first three editions.

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He was retained in the 2011 auctions by CSK, where he scored 438 runs. In 2012, he scored 441 runs followed by 548 runs at an average of 42.15 and strike rate of 150.13 in 2013. On 23 March 2019, Raina became the first batsman to cross 5000 IPL runs mark.

In 2013, Raina scored his maiden IPL century against Kings XI Punjab. In 2014 Champions League Twenty20 final, Raina scored 109* off 62 balls and helped CSK lift their 2nd CLT20 title.

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Suresh Raina Biography Of Achievements

  • Third batsman in the world and first Indian to score a T20I ton.
  • First batsman to score T20I ton while batting at No. 3 or lower position.
  • First Indian to score centuries in all three formats.
  • 12th Indian to score debut Test century.
  • Only Indian to score centuries in both T20I and ODI World Cup.
  • First Indian to score 6000 and 8000 Twenty20 runs.
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  • First cricketer to reach 5000 runs in IPL.
  • Most number of catches (95) in IPL.
  • First Indian and second after Chris Gayle to hit 100 sixes in IPL.
  • First and only player to score 400 runs in 7 consecutive IPL seasons (2008-2014).
  • Highest run-scorer in CLT20 (842).
  • Only Indian to score centuries in IPL, CLT20 and T20I.
  • Most number of fifties in CLT20 (6).
  • Record of most consecutive appearances for an IPL team (158 for CSK).
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Suresh Raina Wife And Daughter

Raina got hitched to his lady love Priyanka Chaudhary on 3 April 2015. The couple knew each other from childhood but it was their parents who arranged the wedding.

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Priyanka hailed from Baraut, Uttar Pradesh and worked as an IT professional in a bank in Netherlands. She had completed her B.Tech from an engineering college in Ghaziabad.

The couple were blessed with a baby girl on 15 May 2016. They named her Gracia Raina. Suresh even got a tattoo of his daughter’s name on his left forearm. The three of them are a happy close-knit family.

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