Twitter Reacts After Suresh Raina Announces His Retirement From International Cricket
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Twitter Reacts After Suresh Raina Announces His Retirement From International Cricket

Suresh Raina, Jonty Rhodes
Suresh Raina (Credits - AFP)

And, as if the heartbreaking news of MS Dhoni’s retirement wasn’t enough to deal with, another India white-ball stalwart in Suresh Raina decided to call time on his international career.

Minutes after MS Dhoni put out a post on Instagram to announce his retirement, Suresh Raina followed suit.

The 2011 World Cup-winner, who along with Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni were the heartbeat of the Indian middle-order in white-ball cricket in the late 2000s and early 2010s, took to Instagram where he wrote-

It was nothing but lovely playing with you, @mahi7781 . With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you India. Jai Hind! 🇮🇳

Raina’s announcement drew curtains on a 15-year-old International career, which started with a One-day International against Sri Lanka in 2005.

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Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina [Photo-Getty Inages]
The first Indian cricketer to score a T20I hundred [vs South Africa in 2010] besides being the first Indian centurion in all the three formats of the game, Suresh Raina will always remain an unsung hero of India’s 2011 World Cup win.

His gritty partnership with Yuvraj Singh in the quarter-final against Australia followed by the counterattacking knock against Pakistan in the semi-final was pivotal in India reaching the finals and eventually winning the coveted trophy.

Raina remained a pivotal member of the team till the 2015 World Cup, post which his form deteriorated substantially. The southpaw last represented India in 2018 but considering the fact that he was working relentlessly hard in the past few months in order to make a comeback in the Indian team, the announcement comes as a great surprise.

Nonetheless, Raina represented India in 18 Tests, 226 ODIs, and 78 T20Is, racking up 768, 5615, and 1604 runs respectively. Raina, like Dhoni, will continue to represent the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.

 

Here’s how Twitter reacted to Suresh Raina’s retirement:

 

 

Yash Mittal

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