On Saturday (August 15), Suresh joined MS Dhoni in formally announcing his retirement from all formats of international cricket. The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vice-captain, like his best friend, made it official via an Instagram post.
“It was nothing but lovely playing with you, @mahi7781 . With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you India. Jai Hind!”, Raina wrote, shortly after Dhoni hung up his boots.
The CSK duo, however, will continue to play in the IPL and have arrived in Chennai for a training camp ahead of their team’s departure for the UAE.
The 13th season of the IPL is scheduled to take place from September 19 to November 10.
Talking about Raina, the swashbuckling southpaw has been out of international cricket action for quite a while. He last donned the India jersey on July 17, 2018, against England in the Leeds ODI.
In 226 ODIs, Raina compiled 5616 runs at an average of 35.31 with five centuries and 36 half-centuries to his name.
In T20Is, the southpaw played 78 matches while scoring 1605 runs with one ton and five centuries as he remains one of the few batsmen to have notched a century in all formats of the game.