About Suresh Raina:
Full name Suresh Raina
Born November 27, 1986, Muradnagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
Current age 24 years 53 days
Also known as Sanu
Playing role Batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Major teams India, Chennai Super Kings, India Blue, India Under-19s, Indian Board President's XI, Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI, Uttar Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh Under-16s
Suresh Raina Profile:
Suresh Raina represents the new age Indian cricketer. An attacking left-hander who goes for the big shots with impunity and clears the field with a swashbuckling flourish when at the top of his game, Raina is also equally capable of attracting applause as an electric fielder in the circle. 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. With the Test spot finally earned and a growing ability to spend long hours at the crease and see a crisis through, Raina may think of 2009-10 as the season of his turnaround, though a lean run at home against New Zealand and a questionable technique against bounce and movement in South Africa in late 2010 gave life to doubts that he seemed to have killed earlier.
Raina's ability to split the field and discover gaps where fielders could not be placed earned him high praise when he first burst through to play for India in December 2006. The early years, however, were marked by a stack of attractive cameos in ODIs, but only a handful emphatic performances that changed the course of games. A string of 15 ODIs without a half-century found Raina being dropped from the national team, missing out on the 2007 World Cup and falling off the selectors' radar.
An 18-month gap from international cricket had Raina producing a mountain of runs in domestic cricket before he marked his return to the Indian team in the Asia Cup in June 2008 with two centuries and the second-highest aggregate in the tournament. The last three years have been Raina's most prolific, with three centuries and 12 of his 15 ODI fifties, and a growing stature in the line-up as one of India's responsible gen-next batsmen. Also helping his cause were three supremely successful seasons 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.
His tenacity at the worst of times is typical of someone who has spent his teenage years living away from home in the demanding world of the Uttar Pradesh sports hostel, where a lack of facilities or grooming produces cricketers who must match talent with determination. At the under-19 level, Raina was prodigious with his run-scoring and a string of double-hundreds took him to the Indian junior team and beyond it, to India colours. For a player of his ability, though, India must hope that Raina's best innings are still to be played.
Suresh Raina is an Indian cricketer from Gaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. His family comes from a town of Rainawari, in Jammu & Kashmir,thus the surname "Raina".Raina has been a member of the Indian cricket team for ODIs since July 2008, and was included in the Test squad in early 2006, but did not make his debut until July 2010. Domestically, he plays for Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy and Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy. He is a left-handed batsman and an occasional off spinner.
Raina decided to take up cricket seriously in 1999, and moved from his cityMuradnagar, Ghaziabad, UP (near New Delhi) to Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, to attend the specialist government Sports College.He rose to become the captain of the Uttar Pradesh U-16s came to prominence amongst Indian selectors in 2002, when he was selected at the age of 15 and a half years for the U-19 tour to England, where he made a pair of half-centuries in the U-19 Test matches.He toured Sri Lanka later that year with the U-17 team.
He made his Ranji Trophy debut for Uttar Pradesh against Assam in February 2003 at the age of 16, but did not play another match until the following season. In late 2003, he toured Pakistan for the U-19 Asian ODI Championship before being selected for the 2004 U-19 World Cup, where he scored three half centuries, including a 90 scored off only 38 balls. He was then awarded a Border-Gavaskar scholarship to train at the Australian Cricket Academy and in early 2005, he made his first-class limited overs debut, and scored 645 runs that season at an average of 53.75.He was selected to participate in the Challenger Series in early 2005,and after injury to Sachin Tendulkar and suspension to captain Sourav Ganguly, Raina was selected for the Indian Oil Cup 2005 in Sri Lanka.
* Suresh Raina became the 10th ODI player to notch three consecutive Man-of-the-Match awards. He accomplished the recognition with knocks of 101, 84 and 116* against Hong Kong, Pakistan and Bangladesh respectively.
* Raina became the third overall and the first Indian to score a T20I century (101 vs South Africa in the 2010 World T20).
* He holds the record for playing the maximum number of ODIs (98) before behind handed a Test debut, beating Australian Andrew Symonds' 94.
* In Tests, he became the 12th Indian to score a century on debut.
* Raina became the third player to score a century in all three formats of cricket after Gayle and McCullum.
* He was also India's top run-getter and the fifth highest overall in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20.
|1||120||228||12||2||Sri Lanka||Colombo||2 July 2010||Won|
|1||101||68||7||5||Hong Kong||Karachi||25 June 2008||Won|
|2||116*||107||11||3||Bangladesh||Karachi||28 June 2008||Won|
|3||106||115||10||1||Sri Lanka||Dhaka||13 Jan 2010||Lost|
|1||101||60||9||5||South Africa||Gros Islet||2 May 2010||Won|