Suresh Raina, who happens to be a dependable middle order batsman, has been very consistent in T20s over the years. His contributions in the ongoing IPL season 7 have been vital. He is the only batsman to have scored 400 runs or more in every season of IPL.
He has emerged as a trustworthy contributor for his team Chennai Super Kings. This year’s performance of Raina is contrary to his early image of being a player with a laid back attitude. He was percieved as a player who has unlimited capabilities, but is confined to scoring 35-40 runs and throwing away his wicket carelessly.
However, he has been in wonderful form in this IPL so far and he has scored a whopping 436 runs in just 15 matches. So his average is pretty good – 36.33. He has become the second highest run getter for Chennai Super Kings in this IPL after Dwayne Smith, who has scored 559 runs with a little higher average of 37.26 in 15 matches.
Raina has also got a few more noteworthy achievements as far as his performance in the IPL is concerned. Raina`s tally of 2183 (ave.42.80) in 66 innings is a record in a winning cause in the IPL. He is the only batsman to amass 2,000 runs in a winning cause. Further, Raina and Gautam Gambhir share the record for most innings (23) of fifty-plus in the IPL. Also, Raina has been involved in 69 matches in a winning cause – the most by a player in the history of the IPL.
Suresh Raina has always been known as a superb fielder. He has been one of the fittest players around for many years. This is critical in the fast paced game of T20. With 62 catches in 114 matches, Raina is the top fielder in the IPL as well.
Chennai Super Kings have been the most consistent team in the IPL over the history of the tournament. Suresh Raina has played a key role in this success, and has been one of the pillars of the team. He has formed crucial partnerships with MS Dhoni and others, which have helped his team a great deal.
Raina has developed into one of the best T20 cricketers in the world and there is no doubting his ability anymore. The fans would be hoping that Raina can continue his glorious run and become the Sachin Tendulkar of T20 cricket.