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Suresh Raina RETIRES from IPL, former CSK batter will feature in THIS tournament

Suresh Raina Retirement: The UP batter ended his international career with 5,615 runs from 226 ODIs and 1,605 runs from 78 T20I matches. The southpaw has now retired from all formats of the game.

Suresh Raina RETIRES from IPL, former CSK batter will feature in THIS tournament

Suresh Raina Retirement: Former India batter Suresh Raina announced his retirement from the Indian Premier League in the next few days. Raina, who last turned out for Chennai Super Kings in 2021 after skipper 2020 edition in the UAE. The former India southpaw was not retained by MS Dhoni-led CSK nor picked by any team in the IPL 2022 mega auction earlier this year.

"It has been an absolute honour to represent my country & state UP. I would like to announce my retirement from all formats of Cricket. I would like to thank @BCCI, @UPCACricket, @ChennaiIPL, @ShuklaRajiv sir & all my fans for their support and unwavering faith in my abilities," Raina tweeted on Tuesday (September 6).

Over the years, he has been a match-winner in yellow and among the highest run-getters in the history of IPL. In 205 IPL games, Raina has amassed 5528 runs at an average of 32.5 and a healthy strike rate of 136.7.

Raina would also not play domestic cricket from now. He has been the mainstay for Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket over the years.

Raina retired from international cricket in 2019 on the same day as MS Dhoni on August 15, 2020. He shared a video on social media on Monday (September 5) where he can be seen batting.

While speaking to Dainik Jagran, Raina said, “I wish to play cricket for around 2-3 years more. A lot of good players are there in the Uttar Pradesh (UP) domestic team now and doing really well. I have been obtained NOC from UPCA as well. I have even informed BCCI secretary Jay Shah and Rajiv Shukla about my decision. I want to thank BCCI and UPCA for supporting me in my career. I am looking forward to play in different leagues around the world.

“I will feature in the Road Safety world series which starts on 10th September. Franchises from South Africa, Sri Lanka and UAE have approached me till now. Once the situation gets cleared, i will inform everyone myself,” he added.

Raina was a part of the 2011 World Cup winning team. He ended his international career with 5,615 runs from 226 ODIs and 1,605 runs from 78 T20I matches.

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