Suresh Raina Is The Backbone Of CSK: Over the years India has seen several unsung heroes who silently waved around in their capes and has protected the nation from several menaces, may it be with their words, their guns, their roses, or even their bats.
One such hero who has always capered around with a disarming smile, leaving everyone in awe of his personality, his batting flair, his fielding agility, his leadership, his friendship on the field, his brotherhood, his support, his love for the game, and countless other traits that define a gem of a human being is none other than Suresh Raina.
The man who silently went out to play countless glorious knocks for his team weathering storms from bowlers that wore the rest of the team down was one of the best number three batsmen in IPL. He was the perfect T20 cricketer who paved the way for the Indians to evolve themselves into better versions of the athletes who played the sport.
Not only for India, but Raina was an integral part of Chennai Super Kings whose presence has so far helped the Yellow Army to be one of the best teams of the fray throughout its glittering span.
He recently bowed out of Indian cricket minutes after his best friend, Mahendra Singh Dhoni bade adieu to the sport in international colors. He also pulled out of IPL 2020, citing personal reasons after Ruturaj Gaikwad and Deepak Chahar along with twelve other staff of CSK tested positive for the deadly virus.
However, the fun part here is that despite pulling out of the IPL his love for the team did not grow any less and his dedication towards Chennai Super Kings was stronger than ever. We will look at a few records held by Suresh Raina in the span of his phenomenal career.
Suresh Raina is the first Indian to score a century across all three formats of the game
Raina struck his maiden ODI ton against a technically undercooked Hong Kong in Asia cup 2008. India was already cruising with blitzkriegs from Gambhir and Sehwag. However, the southpaw played the finishing part with his best friend in the middle, MS Dhoni. He smoked an exhilarating century, piling up 101 runs from only 68 deliveries. He clobbered 7 fours and 5 sixes, en route to his maiden 100 in the shorter version of the game.
Surprising everyone, the man who was best known for the shortest version of the game also went on to craft a century on his very debut in the longest format of the game too that saw him hammering a brilliant 120 against a formidable Lankan bowling attack. In response to Sri Lanka’s 642 when India kept on struggling, the southpaw took a stand with Tendulkar and started shredding the Lankan bowlers part by part. He played a gem of a knock scoring 120 from 228 balls, striking 12 sixes and 2 fours.
In the 2010 ICC World T-20, Raina played a gem of a knock against South Africa that saw him smashing a blistering 101 from only 60 balls that saw India posting a monumental total of 186. Despite a resolute fight from the Rainbow nation, they were 14 runs adrift of the target.
Suresh Raina is the first Indian to score 6000 and 8000 T20 runs in his career
The smiling southpaw has always been an integral part of the Indian cricket team in terms of T-20 cricket. In fact, he has been an unstated leader in the glittering ranks of Indian cricket whenever it came to the shortest version of the game.
Raina had so far played T20 cricket for India, Gujrat Lions, Uttar Pradesh, and Chennai Super Kings. He is quite obviously one of the most reliable pillars of success in this truncated version of the sport.
He became the first India to reach the threshold of 6000 T20 runs where IPL played a significant role while he upped his gear by a notch and raced to that hallowed mark of 8000 T20 runs, chronicling the feat of being the first Indian to achieve this herculean feat.
Suresh Raina has caught the highest number of catches in IPL
Suresh Raina has always been touted as one of the best fielders India has ever produced. He has been extremely agile and has defined the art of fielding in its modern apparition. It no longer used to be pointing fingers at the deep and wait for them to hurl the balls back in.
Raina revolutionized the art of fielding that was introduced by Yuvraj and Kaif. He holds the record of the highest catches in IPL, a staggering number that reads 102.
In fact, he is the only player in the list who is not a wicket-keeper to have grabbed 100 catches with Kieron Pollard slowly tip-toeing to the second position and still falling 14 catches short.
Not only is he known for regulation catches that validate the safest pair of arms in India but his agility in the field has seen him save a lot of runs which were sheer boundaries.
It is not just the catches that win you games but it is also the runs that you save that prove to be crucial in the end for you to win a game.
First Indian to score 5000 IPL runs
Suresh Raina has been one of the best IPL batsmen throughout its glittering span of 13 years. His expressive strokeplay, ruthless aggression, and his fearless leadership helped him to achieve feats that are enviable for any other cricketers.
He became the first Indian to cross the remarkable threshold of 5000 IPL runs. It didn’t come in a heartbeat-like they say Rome wasn’t built in a day. It came as a result of persistent perseverance, endless tenacity, and selfless devotion to the game and to the crest that he has always donned on. Innings that came under pressure, innings that came with effusive brilliance, and innings that came as an answer to critiques who didn’t comprehend the number of efforts that this southpaw put in his knocks.
First Indian to score a century In T20I
In those early years of lawless T20 cricket that thrived on experimentation and impulsiveness, Suresh Raina was one of the early engineers of India’s success in the shortest version of the game. He batted brilliantly initially and then he also went on to craft records with the blade in his hand that defined him a complete package in T20 cricket.
He became the first Indian to score an international T20 Century. In the World Cup T20 in 2010, Raina played some immaculate strokes against the rainbow nation that saw him hammering some exquisite strokes to send South Africa into disarray. His 60-ball-100 was not just one of the fastest hundreds by an Indian in T20 cricket but it also was the first hundred by an Indian.
Only Indian cricketer to have scored more than 9000 T20 runs and claim 50 plus wickets
Suresh Raina was not just a solid batsman in the shortest version of the game. He is an eminent all-rounder and has bedeviled several oppositions with some classic spin-bowling.
The numbers that substantiate his bowling brilliance is 66 wickets that he has garnered over a span of 397 matches. He has a classic roll-the-ball action and can skit the ball very effectively that has been a major source of all of his wickets.
Second youngest player to captain India in ODI cricket
Suresh Raina is the second youngest captain to have steered India in international cricket when he led the Indian charge against Zimbabwe, securing a series victory by 2-0. However, it came after a freak accident took off Gautam Gambhir from the captaincy that was shouldered on another eminent southpaw.