Suresh Raina
Raina announced his retirement on this Tuesday (courtesy: AFP)

Suresh Raina Retirement: It is 6 September, Suresh Raina announced his retirement from all forms of cricket confirming the end of his IPL and India domestic career. Raina had already retired from international cricket, announcing that decision on August 15, 2020. Raina had not played any first-class or List-A cricket since 2018. He is also known as Mr. IPL, and his last IPL game was in October 2021. A gun fielder and a runaway match winner was the key player for CSK, whom he represented for 11 seasons between 2008 and 2021 and won four times the title with CSK (2010, 2011, 2018, and 2021). Raina is still the highest run scorer for CSK with 4687 runs from 176 matches. In 205 IPL games, Raina has amassed 5528 runs at an average of 32.5 and a healthy strike rate of 136.7.

Chinna Thala announced his retirement through a social media post (Twitter) and his fans and loved ones responded sweetly thanking him for his contributions to cricket.

While speaking to Dainik Jagran, Raina said, “I wish to play cricket for around 2-3 years more. A lot of good players are there in the Uttar Pradesh (UP) domestic team now and doing really well. I have obtained NOC from UPCA as well. I have even informed BCCI secretaries Jay Shah and Rajiv Shukla about my decision. I want to thank BCCI and UPCA for supporting me in my career. I am looking forward to playing in different leagues around the world.”

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“I will feature in the Road Safety world series which starts on 10th September. Franchises from South Africa, Sri Lanka, and UAE have approached me till now. Once the situation gets cleared, I will inform everyone myself,” he added.

He pinned one of his old tweets, thanking PM Narendra Modi for his appreciation.

Raina ended his international career with 5,615 runs from 226 ODIs and 1,605 runs from 78 T20I matches. The southpaw has now retired from all formats of the game.

So I thank him on behalf of my entire team for his contributions and also for entertaining us, wishing him all the best for his future.

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