Suresh Raina, a former all-rounder for India, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday. Through a message on social media, the 35-year-old made the development official.

Raina thanked the BCCI, the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association, Chennai Super Kings, BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla, and cricket fans on his official Twitter account for their support during his cricketing career.

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“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.

Who is Suresh Raina?

Suresh Raina, a former cricketer for India, was born on November 27, 1986. In the event that the primary captain was unavailable, he occasionally filled in as captain of the Indian men’s national cricket team. He participated in the domestic cricket circuit for Uttar Pradesh. He was an aggressive middle-order left-handed batsman who occasionally bowled off-spin.

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Raina is the second-youngest player to ever captain India.  He served as vice-captain of the Chennai Super Kings as well as the Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He is the first Indian batsman to score a hundred in each of the three international cricket forms.

Suresh Kumar Raina was born into a Kashmiri Pandit family in Muradnagar, Uttar Pradesh, to parents who were from Rainawari in the Srinagar district of Jammu and Kashmir. Raina resides in the Ghaziabad city district of Rajnagar. Dinesh Raina is his older brother.

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Suresh is a left-handed middle-order batter who attacks the plate. In limited over cricket as opposed to tests, he was more successful. Opposing teams have sought to take advantage of his weakness with short-pitched balls throughout his career. 

In Ranji Trophy, he has also had trouble with short balls.  He has received harsh criticism for his short ball deficiency. He plays off-break bowling occasionally. Mid-wickets on the side are his preferred scoring zone. He plays inside-out-off-drive shots the majority of the time. He makes space for himself by attempting to hit on the outside.

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On April 3, 2015, Raina married Priyanka Chaudhary and they have two children.

Ashok Kumar, Raina’s uncle, was physically assaulted during a robbery at their Punjabi home and died as a consequence. As a response, Raina withdrew from the 2020 IPL season in order to spend time with his family.

On August 5, 2022, Raina was awarded an honorary doctorate by Vels University.