Suresh Raina Crosses 8000 Runs in T20 Cricket

Suresh Raina in T20 cricket
File Photo of Suresh Raina. Image Source: Indian Express

Suresh Raina crosses 8000 runs in T20 cricket and becomes the first Indian batsman to do so. In his 30th T20 match against Puducherry, Raina scored 12 runs in Uttar Pradesh’s 77 run victory and finally achieved the target of 8000 runs.

After MS Dhoni, he is the only Indian player to have played this many number of matches in this format of the game. Raina is currently waiting on his chance to make a comeback to the Indian national cricket team.

 

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Raina’s Performance in Uttar Pradesh vs Puducherry

Raina was dismissed for 12 in Uttar Pradesh’s Group E match after scoring 5, 54* and 1 in the ongoing tournament. Later the captain of the team, Priyam Garg’s 54 off 30 balls took Uttar Pradesh to a seven-wicket win over Puducherry.

 

Raina is currently playing for Uttar Pradesh in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy. In the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League, where he is the highest run scorer with 4985 runs, will be playing for the Chennai Super Kings.

Suresh Raina’s Records

The only batsman closest to Suresh Raina on the all-time run scorers list for Indians in T20 cricket is the Indian Cricket team captain Virat Kohli. He has hit 7833 runs in 251 matches and will next be playing against Australia for the second T20I. Internationally, Raina shares the sixth highest position with David Warner (8111 runs), Brendon McCullum (9922) and Chris Gayle (12,298),  Shoaib Malik (8603), Kieron Pollard (8839).

Last year, Raina played for India in their third ODI against England. Also, his last T20I was against England on July 8. Over the past two years, Raina has struggled to maintain his place of being a regular in the limited overs setup.

Raina has been recently rated by the great South African Jonty Rhodes as the no.1 fielder ahead of Andrew Symonds from Australia.

Jonty Rhodes has been a constant praiser of Suresh Raina. In a recent statement, he said, “Raina is different from the others on the ground because he does give a second thought before he dives and neither does he hesitate in playing in scorching atmospheric conditions.”

Notably,  Raina too is a follower of Rhodes’ philosophy that says: ‘If you never go, you will never know.’

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