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Suresh Raina Biography: From Small Town Dreams to Cricket Stardom

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An attacking left-handed batsman who goes for the big shots and clears the field with a heroic flourish when at the top of his game! Yes, we are talking about Suresh Raina, the southpaw who was India’s finest T20 batsman. Though he is not in the Indian cricket team currently & his stats may not look highly impressive, his contributions for the Indian team are invaluable and cannot be compared with statistics. This individual from Uttar Pradesh has experienced it all, from residing in hostel dormitories to napping on the floor and facing challenges to make ends meet. In this blog, we will look at Suresh Raina journey in cricket, IPL, stats, his wife, social media, etc.

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Suresh Raina Biography

Full name Suresh Kumar Raina
Born 27 November 1986
Age 36
Place of birth Muradnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India
Nickname Sonu, Chinna Thala Raina, Mr. IPL
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Batting Left-handed
Bowling Right-arm off-spin
Role Batsman
Wife Priyanka (Married on 3 April 2015)
National side India (2005–2018)
Test debut (cap 265) 26 July 2010 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 159) 30 July 2005 v Sri Lanka
T20I debut (cap 8) 1 December 2006 v South Africa
Team Played for India, Gujarat Lions, India A, India Blue, India Red, India Green, India U-19, UP, Gujarat Lions, CSK

Early Life Struggle

Born and raised in a military background, Raina maintained a disciplined life. Suresh firmly decided to play cricket at the age of 14 and moved to Specialist Government Sports College. But what came after was unbelievable.

Boys in the hostel were callous with him. Some of them, from the athletics branch, were jealous that he was getting the attention from cricket coaches. He used to sleep on the floor and the struggle was on the peak.


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Early mark in cricket

But it is rightly said, hard work reaps success. A call came from Mumbai to play cricket for Air India — an event which changed his life thoroughly. At domestic circuit club named Air India, Pravin Amre invigorated him a lot and things started to flow. Suresh recalled in an interview with Yourstory.com.

Within quick time, Raina got a scholarship with Air India that paid him Rs 10,000. “I would send 8,000 to my family. An STD call to home would cost four rupees, and as soon as two minutes would end, I would keep the phone down. All that taught me the value of money,”

Later, he progressed to become the skipper of Uttar Pradesh U-19 side.

Raina’s Cricketing Journey

Suresh Raina got into the limelight after he was selected to represent India U-19 at the age of just 15 years. After remarkable performances at a tender age, Raina was awarded a Border-Gavaskar scholarship to train at the Australian Cricket Academy. Once he started playing, he never looked back and soon he was selected for 2004 U-19 World Cup.

After displaying great knocks and impressing everyone, this young prodigy made his international debut against Sri Lanka in 2005. Unfortunately, he was dismissed on duck by legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.

Raina waited as long as five years to play a Test match and finally, in 2010 he was called up for ‘white dress cricket.’  The numbers don’t reveal how valuable he was during the 2008-2011, an era which was the finest stages of Team India’s ODI history with World Cup glory. After the 2015 World Cup, he endured a couple of poor series which led to his axing from the side.  He wasn’t quite able to make the runs in the domestic circuit. He played T20Is although he found himself dropped from there as well.

Youngest T20 skipper

At the age of 23, Suresh Raina went on to become the youngest captain for India in the T20I format. Along with this, he also became the second youngest player to lead India in any format, the youngest being Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi at the age of 21.


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Suresh Raina in IPL

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Image Source- India.com

Raina is the world’s first batsman to score 5000 runs in Indian Premier League. He was signed by the Chennai Super Kings for the first three years of the tournament.

Suresh Raina played a vital Man of the Match performance in the last league fixture to give Chennai Super Kings the win they required to qualify for the semi-finals. Again in 2010 IPL, Raina’s consistent batting throughout the series won him applause and became the all-time run-getter of the league.

He also captained the Super Kings for three matches in skipper Dhoni’s absence and took some sensational catches in the field. At the end of the season, Raina set the record for most runs scored in the tournament, with 421, 434, and 520. In the 2011 IPL too, Raina maintained his reputation as the leading run-scorer with 438 runs, again being the only player to cross 400 do so for all the seven seasons.

In 2013 IPL, Raina scored 548 runs at a healthy average of 42.15 and strike rate of 150.13. At the start of the season, he was struggling with his form but in the other half, he regained his form.  Raina kept going in 2014 as well where he scored 523 runs.

But 2015 saw the decrease in his bat power as he managed to score only 374 runs in 17 matches. Raina was signed for Gujarat Lions in 2016 after suspension on CSK. But in 2018, the lad was retained by Chennai Super Kings at the price of Rs 11 crore.

Family life

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Suresh Raina with wife and children, Image Source- Bangalore Mirror

Suresh Raina’s family includes his father Trilokchand Raina, mother Parvesh Raina, his three older brothers- Dinesh Raina, Naresh Raina and Mukesh Raina and his one elder sister- Renu Raina. He is the youngest of five siblings. He married his childhood friend and banker, Priyanka Chaudhary on April 3, 2015. Raina and Priyanka are blessed with 2 children.


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More than a game

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Image Source- Cricket Times

Suresh Raina took one step ahead and this was off-field. On the first birthday of his daughter, Raina announced the launch of Gracia Raina Foundation. It was established with a goal of empowering women, with knowledge and awareness that further enables them to make improved reproductive and maternal health-oriented decisions. In 2018, he sang the song ‘Bitiya Rani’ to promote support for girls on behalf of his wife’s radio show ‘The Priyanka Raina Show’.

Lesser Known Facts about Suresh Raina

  • He is the third batsman around the globe and first Indian to hit a T20I century.
  • Raina scored centuries in both T20I and One Day International World Cup.
  • At the age of 16, he made his first appearance in Ranji Trophy for Uttar Pradesh against Assam in 2003.
  • Raina is second in the world and first Indian player to hit 100 sixes in the IPL.
  • He went to sing a song for Bollywood film ‘Meeruthiya Gangsters in 2015.
  • He tattooed ‘Believe’ on his arm.
  • Raina has said in some interviews that he likes cooking. In a chat with ESPNCricinfo, he revealed that during his first tour as a captain of the Indian team, he had cooked for the whole team.
  • He owns restaurant “RAINA” in Amsterdam.

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Career statistics

  • Batting & Fielding
FORMAT Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Test 18 31 2 768 120 26.48 1445 53.14 1 7 100 4 23 0
ODI 226 194 35 5615 116* 35.31 6005 93.50 5 36 476 120 102 0
T20I 78 66 11 1605 101 29.18 1190 134.87 1 5 145 58 42 0
FC 109 174 11 6871 204* 42.15 10931 62.85 14 45 118 0
List A 302 269 41 8078 129 35.42 8556 94.41 7 55 138 0
T20 336 319 50 8654 126* 32.17 6296 137.45 4 53 779 325 172 0
  • Bowling
FORMAT Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Test 18 22 1041 603 13 2/1 2/1 46.38 3.47 80.0 0 0 0
ODI 226 101 2126 1811 36 3/34 3/34 50.30 5.11 59.0 0 0 0
T20I 78 27 349 442 13 2/6 2/6 34.00 7.59 26.8 0 0 0
FC 109 3457 1721 41 3/31 41.97 2.98 84.3 0 0 0
List A 302 3395 2838 64 4/23 4/23 44.34 5.01 53.0 2 0 0
T20 336 120 1563 1872 54 4/26 4/26 34.66 7.18 28.9 1 0 0

Suresh Raina Net Worth

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Image Source- The Cricket Lounge

According to CA Knowledge, the total net worth of Suresh Raina is estimated to be $25 Million (around 200 crore). Car owned by the Southpaw includes Mercedes, Mini Cooper, BMW, Porsche, and many more. Famous brands with which he is associated are namely Pepsi, Intex, Ceat, Boost and more.


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