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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Suresh Raina profile


Suresh Raina is born on 27th November, 1986 in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. He is an Indian cricketer from the town of Rainawari, a Kashmiri diaspora locality in Jammu & Kashmir. Raina is primarily left handed batsman and occasional right arm off spin bowler. His real name is Suresh Kumar Raina. His nickname is Sanu and he is youngest in his family of five children.

Raina has been a member of the Indian cricket team for ODIs since July 2005, and was included in the Test squad in early 2006, but did not make his test debut until the second test against Sri Lanka on the 26th July 2010.


Suresh Raina had a difficult start to his international career, being dismissed for a golden duck by a doosra from spinner Muttiah Muralitharan. On 25 June 2008, he scored his maiden hundred against Hong Kong during the 2008 Asia Cup. His 66 balls hundred was at the time, the second fastest century in Indian ODI history. He scored 84 of 69 against Pakistan and 116 of 107 against Bangladesh, in next two matches. Hence, he won man of the match award successively for three times.

It has taken him five years to cement his place as an India regular, moving from a limited-overs specialist who played 98 ODIs to one who became the 12th Indian to make a Test century on debut. Raina made his Test debut in Sri Lanka as a replacement for injured team-mate Yuvraj Singh, who, like Raina, was a left-hander, a dasher, and in the early 2000s, India's most athletic fielder.

Domestically he plays for Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy and Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy.

Raina signed in the Indian Premier League for the team Chennai Super Kings for IPL first edition. Raina was the third-highest run-scorer in the 2010 Indian Premier League and was man-of-the-match in the final, top-scoring with 55 not out from 35 balls and taking the wicket of Harbhajan Singh. He also caught Saurabh Tiwary, running in from the midwicket boundary to take a full-length diving catch.

After three supremely successful seasons (IPL 2008/ 2009/ 2010) for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL and in the Champions League, he was one of the four players retained by the franchise for the 2011 season.

With his 101 from 60 balls with five sixes and nine fours in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 against South Africa on 2 May 2010, he became the third player to score a Twenty20 international century after the West Indies' Chris Gayle and New Zealand's Brendon McCullum.

He captained the Indian team for the Tri-series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe as all the other first-choice players were rested from the tournament. India lost the first match under his captaincy against Zimbabwe by six wickets, but won the next match against Sri Lanka. The Indians then lost their remaining two matches and did not make the final.

FORMATVsVENUEDATE
TESTSSri LankaColombo26 Jul 2010
ODISSri LankaDambulla30 Jul, 2005
T20South AfricaJohannesburg01 Dec, 2006

 
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