Suresh Raina – The Unsold Story | IPL 2022 Auction.

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Who is Suresh Raina? Why Suresh Raina to go Unsold in IPL 2022?

The Mr.IPL and the greatest cricketer of India. Player. Captain. Father. Greatest Fielder. Mr IPL. Chinna Thala. While MS Dhoni is adorably known as ‘Thala’ in Chennai, even Suresh Raina has a great fan following there and is nicknamed as ‘Chinna Thala’. Check it out the history of Suresh Raina…

2000 Humble beginnings: Joins the Guru Gobind Singh Sports College in Lucknow to pursue cricket as a career at the age of 13

2001 Filling bigger shoes: Captain of the UP Under 16 Team

2002 The global stage beckons: 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.

2003 Representing the state: He made his Ranji Trophy debut for Uttar Pradesh against Assam in February 2003 at the age of 16 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.

2005 The young star: 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 53.75makes ODI debut at the age of 19 versus Sri Lanka

2008 Chennai calling: Raina was signed by the Chennai Super Kings for US$650,000 for the first three years of the tournament. Raina made significant contributions in the first edition of the tournament to compensate the Chennai Super Kings over the losses of key players like Matthew Hayden, Michael Hussey and Jacob Oram. He 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. Ultimately the Super Kings finished Again in 2010 IPL, Raina’s consistent batting throughout the series won him applause and became the all-time run-getter of the league surpassing Australian legend Adam Gilchrist halfway down the tournament. He also captained the Super Kings for three matches in skipper Dhoni’s absence and took some sensational catches in the field. He scored 520 runs in all, making him the third highest run-getter of the series and the first for Chennai. He also was awarded “best fielder” by the BCCI ahead of the finals. He played a vital half-century which turned the final to Chennai’s tide who ultimately went on to become the champions beating the Mumbai Indians.

2008-2011 The hard hitter: Raina set the record for most runs scored in the tournament, with 421, 434, and 520 and also taking the most no. of catches, two records that are still unbroken.Raina also hit the second maximum no. of sixes behind Adam Gilchrist in the three editions of the league. He was retained by the Super Kings for the 2011 Indian Premier League along with Murali Vijay, Albie Morkel and skipper MS Dhoni.

2010 Debut century: Test debut versus Srilanka, makes a century on debut while putting a double century stand with Sachin TendulkarCaptains India in ODIs and T20 Internationals for the first time versus Zimbabwe,

2011 Champions of the world: World Cup Winner !! Suresh Raina played some crucial knocks in quarter-final and semi-final of the World Cup, which helped India to win the 2011 ICC Cricket WorldCup. Gary Kirsten, the then coach of India, said ‘Raina won the World Cup for us with some crucial knocksagain captains India versus West Indies, in ODIs and T20s, India wins the series. In the Test matches, he scored 232 runs at the average of 46.4 scoring crucial fifties in each Test. 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. His most crucial knock came against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Qualifier where he played a stunning innings to get the game back to Chennai’s favour.

2012 Setting new records: Raina finished the tournament as Chennai’s leading run scorer, scoring 441 runs and on the course became the only player to score 400 runs in every IPL. He scored a blistering 73 in the final against Kolkata Knight Riders and added 116 with Mike Hussey, who scored a magnificent 86, to help his team put a big total on board. He became the first player in the history of IPL to cross the mark of 2000 IPL runs.

2012-13 Starting a string of MOTM: performancesCrosses 4000 international runs in his 159th ODI for India. Wins the first of many Man of the Series award versus England. Breaks into the ICC Top 10 rankings for the first time in his career

2013 Maiden hundred for ChennaiIPL: Raina scored 548 runs at a healthy average of 42.15 and strike rate of 150.13. He scored his maiden hundred in IPL against Kings XI Punjab. Raina scored an astonishing 99 not out off 52 deliveries against Sunrisers Hyderabad and helped Chennai Super Kings to score a mammoth 223 runs.

2014 Chennai’s saviour: In Champions League Twenty20 final he played a blistering knock scoring 109* off just 62 balls and made Chennai Super Kings win the 2nd CLT20 title.

2016: Player. Captain. Father: Raina was signed for the Gujarat Lions He captained the team for the season, and remained consistent with batting, scoring 399 runs in 15 innings.Becomes a Father

2017 Scoring records continue: Finishes as the highest scorer in T20s versus EnglandCofounds the Gracia Raina Foundation (GRF) with his wife Priyanka Raina.

2018 Back to Chennai: Returns to the T20 team versus South Africa, awarded Man of The match for his performance in the deciding game, India win series 2-1 Raina was retained by the returning Super Kings for a price tag of 11 crore ($1.7 million).

2019 Another year, another record: The Uttar Pradesh batsman became the first batsman to score 5000 runs in the IPL on 23rd March 2019, in the first match of the 12th edition of the tournament against RCB

2020 in Dubai: Raina was part of CSK in IPL 2022 Dubai However, due to some personal reason, return home during IPL.

2021 CSK Squad: He was back in CSK Squad and played for few matches but due to non performance, he was dropped from the playing XI for the final match of IPL2021

2022 in IPL Auction: World Cup-winning former India all-rounder Suresh Raina went unsold on Day 1 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 auction. It was not a major surprise as Raina had retired from international cricket in 2020 and had his base price set at Rs 2 crore. Suresh Raina to go unsold in IPL2022 Auction due to his performance and his personal issues.

Raina, who announced his international retirement on August 15, 2020, remains one of the biggest names in IPL history. The swashbuckling left-hander has been the mainstay of the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) since the tournament inception and was a part of their championships run in 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2021.

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