The former Indian star batsman Suresh Raina is eager to get back on the field as he shares the video of practice on his Instagram handle.
Suresh Raina used to be an integral part of the Indian team for a long time. The elegant left hander has contributed so much to Indian cricket and has won so many matches for the team.
The 35 years old from UP (Utter Pradesh) took to Instagram to notify us about his comeback on the field. Suresh Raina shared a video of him practicing on the ground 2 days ago. In that post, he was practicing his usual drives and some hits as well.
Raina’s Instagram post
Suresh Raina captioned the post as “First love. Back on the field. #gratitude #blessed #utterpradesh #firstlove @nalin6396. He also tagged his UP teammate Nalin Mishra in that post.
Suresh Raina is set to make a comeback in domestic cricket for his state Utter Pradesh (UP). He played his last international match on July 17, 2018, at Headingley. He only managed to score 1 run in that ODI.
The former CSK (Chennai Super Kings) legend Suresh Raina went unsold in the 2022 IPL’s auction as well when he was released from the Chennai based franchise.
Raina was released from the IPL franchise CSK
Usually called Mr. IPL due to his outstanding run in the history of the league, no one would have expected that he could have gone unsold in the Indian Premier League. Suresh Raina was a part of the CSK team who won the title in 2010, 2011, 2018, and 2021. He also led the Gujrat based franchise (Gujrat Lions) in 2016 and 2017 when CSK was banned for two years.
Due to his bad form in the last couple of seasons, he was dropped from the team and no other franchises have shown interest in buying him for the IPL (Indian Premier League) 2022.
IPL Stats of Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina has played 205 IPL games and he scored 5528 runs at an average of 32.52. His strike rate was 137 in the 200 innings he played. In those 200 innings, he scored 39 fifties and one hundred with the highest score of 100.
In the bowling, he took 25 wickets in the 69 innings he bowled in 205 matches. His bowling average was 44.72 and a strike rate of 36.32. The off spinner’s bowling economy was 7.39 with the best bowling figures of 2 for 0.
Suresh Raina has played his last IPL game on October 02, 2021, at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Now, he is looking to make a comeback in the IPL with the performances in domestic cricket for UP. If he does well in the domestic T20 tournament, he might get back in the IPL considering how good a player he is. His experience will be important for youngsters if he gets into any of the teams in the IPL.
International stats of Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina has played 226 ODIs and scored 5615 runs at an average of 35.31 in 194 innings he played. He has an outstanding strike rate of 93 and he scored 5 hundreds and 36 fifties with the highest score of 116.
Coming to his T20I career, Suresh Raina has played 76 matches. Out of which, he made 1604 runs in 66 innings and he has one hundred and 5 fifties. His average was 29.16 and a strike rate of 138.
Suresh Raina has underachieved in test cricket. He only managed to play 18 tests and scored 768 runs in 31 innings. He scored 7 fifties and a hundred at an average of 26.48 and a strike rate of 53.
The middle order batter was also handy with the ball with his off spinner. He, along with Y Singh and MS Dhoni used to rescue the Indian team whenever they were in trouble, especially in the limited overs formats (ODI and T20).
Suresh Raina shared another Instagram post on August 24 of him practicing for the upcoming games.
In the second video he posted recently, he captioned- “Nothing beats the feeling of when I’m on the field. Had the best time on the ground. #gratitude #blessed #practice #cricket #firstlove #reels #fitness #ghaziabad
In those two posts, clearly, he is enjoying coming back on the field and would be rearing to go when the matches come.
Let’s see how Suresh Raina comes back and how he performs. As we said earlier, if he does well, he could well be back in the IPL as well. We as fans are excited to see him playing and hope that he will do well.
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