Suresh Raina - A Determined Competitor And A Focused Cricketer

Suresh Kumar Raina was born on 27th November 1986 in Muradnagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.  He comes from a Kashmiri Pandit family that hails from the Rainawari district of Srinagar. He studied at the Sports College in Lucknow and since then has been staying at the Lucknow Sports Hostel. The decision to move to the Sports Hostel in Lucknow was not easy and convincing his parents was hard. He used to go home during the vacations for a week or so. He feels that he has learned a lot at the Lucknow Sports College and Hostel. This College has given many facilities to many young sportsmen. He settled down fast into the disciplinary schedule of the Sports Hostel, managing regular school hours and rigorous cricket practice.

In 2004, he was awarded the Border-Gavaskar scholarship to train at the Australian Cricket Academy. He feels that the Australian Cricket Academy was a good learning experience where he was coached by Allan Border and Bennett King. He found the facilities to be of a very high standard.

Suresh Raina is also known as `Sanu’. He started playing cricket at the age of thirteen in Lucknow. He has played domestic cricket for Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy.  He made his test debut against Sri Lanka at Colombo on 26th July 2010. He made his one day international debut against Sri Lanka at Dambulla on 30th July 2005. He made his T20 International debut against South Arica at Johannesburg on 1st December 2006.

Suresh Raina has played so far eleven tests, scoring 605 runs with one century and five fifties and a highest score of 120. He has taken sixteen catches and nine wickets. He has played 120 one day internationals, scoring 2,795 runs with three centuries and sixteen fifties and a highest score of 116 not out. He has taken 51 catches and ten wickets. He has played 20 T20 Internationals, scoring 511 runs with one century and three fifties and a highest score of 101. He has taken five catches and one wicket. He has played 226 first class matches, scoring 8,702 runs with twelve centuries and 58 fifties and a highest score of 203. He has taken 136 catches and 50 wickets.

Suresh Raina scored a century on debut in test cricket and became the twelfth Indian and the eighty eighth batsman to score a century on debut. He made this century against Sri Lanka at Colombo. But his foray into one day internationals was not a pleasant one. In his debut match, also against Sri Lanka, he was out first ball to Muttiah Muralidharan.

Suresh Raina is a left hand batsman and a right arm off spin bowler. The toughest bowlers that he has faced have been Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee.  He is an attacking batsman and a good fielder with an accurate throw.  He places a lot of importance on fielding and fitness. He spends a lot of time on his fielding. He feels that he can survive at the top if he fields well. He is a middle order batsman. He has a balanced stance that does not give away his aggressive instincts. His stroke play combines both textbook technique and flair. His all round abilities make him an important asset for the team.

Suresh Raina led the Indian side in the recently held one day matches in West Indies and won the series. He is the third player in the world to score a century in T20 Internationals after Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum. He performed admirably well in the recently concluded One Day International World Cup which India won. A lot of his success is due to his determination and a focused commitment from his younger days.

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