As the fans were busy digesting MS Dhoni’s international retirement, another wall hit them in the form of Suresh Raina hanging up his boots too. Suresh Raina was not only one of India’s greatest finishers but also one of MS Dhoni’s closest friends. On Saturday, Raina joined the former Indian captain in retirement to which his wife has reacted.
Suresh Raina featured for India in 18 Tests, 226 ODIs, and 78 T20Is, having debuted in 2005. The Uttar Pradesh-born cricketer amassed 768, 5615, and 1605 runs respectively while also building his reputation as a terrific fielder. The left-handed batsman’s final international fixture was in July 2018 in Leeds, which was an ODI against England.
Raina’s inconsistency and struggles against short-pitched deliveries meant that India had to look for other options in the middle-order. He was also part of India’s squad that lifted the World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2013. MS Dhoni and Raina have played a lot with each other and been part of several match-winning partnerships and been the fulcrum for the yellow army in the IPL.
Suresh Raina’s wife took to her official Twitter handle and posted some pictures of her husband and captioned it as “Though I’m still processing this! All I can say is I’m bursting with pride, Immense pride. My heart is just filled with respect & gratitude @ImRaina,”. The 33-year old did not wait in expressing his affection for her.
Below is Priyanka’s tweet dedicated to Suresh Raina:
— Priyanka Chaudhary Raina (@PriyankaCRaina) August 15, 2020
I love you 😍 jaan https://t.co/B1QcFj4kd7
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) August 15, 2020
Meanwhile, the fans have much to cherish about since the iconic duo of MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina will play together for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The three-time champions will compete in the IPL in a bid to lift their fourth title. Raina is the most-capped player in IPL history while Dhoni is one of the successful captains.