Birthday Special : Lesser known facts and trivia about Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina has been one of the best finishers in the limited overs format over the last decade. Since his debut in 2005, the southpaw has taken Team India over the line on many occasions.

Today, on the eve of his birthday, we give you some interesting trivia about the left-handed middle-order batsman who hails from Uttar Pradesh.

Here’s some unknown facts and trivia about Suresh Raina :

1.) Suresh Raina’s nickname is ‘Sonu’.
2.) Raina claims that his favourite food is ‘Aloo Kadhi’.
3.) Suresh Raina’s father, Trilok Chand is a retired military officer. His mother’s name is Parvesh Raina.
4.) Suresh has four other siblings – 3 brothers namely Dinesh, Mukesh and Naresh and a sister, Renu.
5.) Suresh Raina is the first Indian batsman to score a century in all three formats of the game (Tests, ODI’s, T20I’s).
6.) Raina was the second youngest player to be selected as the Indian captain.
7.) Raina played the most number of ODI’s before making his Test debut which is still a record.
8.) Raina scored a century on his Test debut- 120 runs against Sri Lanka.
9.) Suresh Raina was the first batsman to score 400+ runs in all the editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
10.) Raina was the first player in the IPL history to complete 3,000 runs.
11.) He is the first Indian and second in the world to hit 100 sixes in the IPL.
12.) He is the third batsman in the world to score a hundred in T20 International; the other two are Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle.
13.) He is the only Indian to score centuries in both T20I and ODI World Cup.
14.) He is the First Indian player to score 6000 and more runs in Twenty20 career.
15.) He is the first and only Indian player to have scored century in IPL, CLT20 and T20I.
16.) He never missed a single match for his previous IPL team Chennai Super Kings.
17.) Currently, Raina is the skipper of The Gujarat Lions in the IPL.

Source : The Mid Day & Wikipedia

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