Suresh Raina joins MS Dhoni in elite T20 list: The axed Indian batsman achieved a couple of records while playing for Uttar Pradesh.
Axed Indian batsman Suresh Raina has become the first Indian cricketer to cross the 8,000-run mark in T20 cricket. Been a vital player in the India’s team for several years, Raina has become the sixth-highest run-scorer in the format.
Having crossed the barrier in his 300th match, Raina is now the only player apart from former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni to have played 300 T20s.
Dhoni, who was severely criticized for his slow innings against Australia last night, was playing his 301st T20 game. The duo will not remain isolated in the list for India vice-captain Rohit Sharma (299) is set to join them soon.
Is there chance for suresh raina in world cup2019?? #staraikelungal
— sathish kumar (@sskumar30993) February 24, 2019
— CricFit (@CricFit) February 25, 2019
Raina achieved the feat during his team Uttar Pradesh’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match against Puduchery at Delhi. Coming in to bat at No. 3, Raina might have only scored 12 (18), but ended up achieving two significant milestones in his T20 career.
Raina faces competition from Kohli
Currently the sixth-highest run-scorer in T20s, Raina is facing stiff competition from India captain Virat Kohli (7,833), who is also closing in on 8,000 T20 runs. Much like their cat and mouse game in the list of most runs in the Indian Premier League, the pair is expected to play the same battle over here as well.
why Suresh Raina not taken in t20 squad why is he unfit #staraikelungal
— darenotwolf3 (@barathraina03) February 24, 2019
Why should n’t we try with Suresh raina for atleast in t20s?#staraikelungal
— (@imsanthoshgsk) February 24, 2019
In 300 T20s, Raina has scored 8,001 runs at an average of 33.47 and a strike rate of 139 including four centuries and 48 half-centuries. With 4,985 runs in 176 matches at an average of 34.37 and a strike rate of 138.43, Raina is the highest run-scorer in the IPL.
Talking about his current form, the 32-year old southpaw has scored 72 runs in four matches at an average of 24 in the ongoing tournament. The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League remains Raina’s only two chances to make it to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Raina had last played for India in both ODIs and T20Is during the tour of England last year.