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Suresh Raina Joins Dhoni, Bids Adieu To International Cricket


Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Following MS Dhoni’s announcement of retiring from International Cricket, Suresh Raina also formally hung up his boots. The CSK allrounder, like his captain, made it official in an Instagram post.

He shared a group photo with Dhoni and captioned: “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!”

Earlier today on Independence Day, Raina had posted a picture with Dhoni and captioned: “Let’s celebrate the freedom & salute our freedom fighters who are still fighting to protect us. Can’t thank you enough for your patriotism & all the sacrifices you make. Prosperity, happiness and health to all!
सारे जहां से अच्छा हिंदुस्तान हमारा 🕊 जय हिंद जय भारत

Both Dhoni and Raina are expected to play in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), for which both of them arrived in Chennai for a training camp ahead of the team’s departure for the UAE. The tournament starts from September 19 and will run till November 10.

Most of Raina’s international appearances came under Dhoni’s captaincy. He scored 5,615 runs in 226 ODI matches, which included five centuries and 1,605 runs, including one century in 78 T20Is. He was the first Indian player to score a century in T20I cricket and the first from the country to score a century in all three formats of the game.

Although he scored a hundred on Test debut, Raina managed to play only 18 games in the longest format and scored 768 runs. His century on debut was also his only ton in the longest format of the game.

Renowned for his ability in the field, Raina was part of the Indian teams that won the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy, both under the captaincy of Dhoni.

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