Former Indian batsman Suresh Raina joined his long-standing teammate, MS Dhoni in the retirement line on Saturday. Suresh Raina was not only an outstanding striker of the ball but also a terrific fielder at any position. The southpaw retired after donning the national colours in 18 Tests, 226 ODIs, and 78 T20Is.
While Suresh Raina made his debut in 2005 under Rahul Dravid, it was under MS Dhoni; he became the mainstay of the Indian middle-order in white-ball cricket for the next decade. The 33-year old was a vital cog of India’s squad that lifted the World Cup in 2011 and Champions Trophy in 2013. In white-ball cricket, Raina maintained a strike rate of 93.50 in ODIs and 134.87 in the shortest format.
We take a look at five most memorable innings from Suresh Raina across formats:
A century on Test debut:
It was in 2010 in Colombo against Sri Lanka that Suresh Raina’s Test debut beckoned, five years after his first ODI appearance. There were doubts whether a limited-overs specialist like Raina could excel in Tests; however, he put all the doubts to rest. Sri Lanka accumulated 642 on the back of a double-century from Kumar Sangakkara and centuries from Mahela Jayawardene and Tharanga Paranavitana.
Along with Sachin Tendulkar, the southpaw was the only other batsman to reach double figures in India’s first innings. On the other hand, fifties from MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, and Virender Sehwag was significant in the tourists making 707. Eventually, the Test resulted in a draw. The knock of 120 was his only ton in whites while his final Test came in 2015 against Australia.