Suresh Raina, India’s middle-order mainstay, is currently one of the best hitters in the cricketing world. On the field, he is extremely athletic and is driven by an immaculate thrust to win. His skill, dedication, focus and unflinching determination on the cricket field has earned him the admiration of one and all. So, it would be right to say that India have a great talent in Suresh Raina. Let us take a look some of the interesting and unknown facts about him:
-> Suresh Raina is the youngest of five siblings in a Kashmiri Pundit family, who have origins in the Rainawari quarter of Srinagar.
-> Raina’s nickname is ‘Chota Sachin‘.
-> He is the only Indian batsman to score a hundred across all formats of the game.
-> His unbeaten 34-run knock against Australia in the quarter-finals and 36-run knock against Pakistan in the semi-finals of ICC World Cup 2011 proved decisive in India’s victory against both these oppositions.
-> Till date, Raina is the only player to score 3000 runs in IPL.
-> He is also the only Indian player to hit a hundred in T20 World Cup.
-> He holds the record of the most number of catches (52) in IPL.
-> At the age of 23y 182d, Raina became the second youngest captain of the Indian Cricket Team. Legend Sachin Tendulkar was the youngest to lead an Indian side (23y 126d).
-> He is the only player to have scored over 400 runs in every IPL season.
-> Raina also holds the record of playing the most number of ODIs (108) before making his Test debut.
-> He is also the 12th Indian player to score a hundred on Test Debut. He achieved this feat against Sri Lanka at Colombo in 2010.
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