Mumbai: India left-hand batsmen Suresh Raina announced his retirement from International Cricket on Saturday following which BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said that Raina has been one of the key performers for India in white-ball cricket.
Raina’s retirement comes just after Dhoni’s announcement of retirement.
The BCCI also confirmed that Raina made the board aware of his decision to retire on Sunday.
Ganguly said in a release issued by the BCCI, “Suresh Raina has been one of the key performers in limited-overs cricket for India. It takes a lot of skill and talent to play down the order and play the match-winning knock.”
“He along with Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni formed a solid middle order for India in ODIs. I wish him and his family all the very best,” he added.
Raina has represented India in 18 Tests, 226 ODIs, and 78 T20Is in a span of 18 years. A member of the World Cup-winning team in 2011, Raina made his debut in international cricket at the age of 18 and led India to ODIs and T2OIs at the age of 23.
He is the youngest to lead India’s men’s T20I team and was also a member of the team that played in India’s first T20I. South Indians are also the first Indian to score a century in T20 World Cup.
Under his captaincy, India registered a 3–2 series win in the West Indies and a 2–0 win over Bangladesh in ODIs and a 2–0 T20 series win in Zimbabwe.