Former India cricketer Suresh Raina will retire from the Indian Premier League (IPL) after missing the 2022 season. He was not sold in the mega auction after Chennai Super Kings (CSK) failed to retain him and also failed to find bidders. Raina retired from international cricket in August 2020, the same day MS Dhoni quit the sport.
A report in Dainik Jagran revealed the news that Suresh Raina is retiring from the IPL before the 2023 edition. It further added that the cricketer also informed the BCCI and Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) of his decision. He will now feature in T20 leagues around the world.
“I want to play cricket for 2-3 more years. The Uttar Pradesh team has some talented cricketers and they have performed very well. I got the NOC from UPCA and informed BCCI secretary Jay Shah and vice president Rajeev Shukla of my decision. I thank UPCA and BCCI for supporting me throughout my career. I will now be playing in T20 leagues all over the world,” said Raina.
Suresh Raina played 205 matches in the IPL.
Suresh Raina will undoubtedly go down as one of the best players to ever appear in the tournament. He played mainly for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in his career and played for Gujarat Lions in 2016 and 2017 when the franchise was suspended. As for his IPL career, the left-hander scored 5528 runs in 200 innings in the big T20 show with an average of 32.52 and a strike rate of 136.73. He didn’t bowl much during his IPL tenure but ended up picking 25 pitches.
Recently, he shared training videos in a CSK jersey and so many assumed that he might return to the IPL for next season. But that was not the case and it remains to be seen if he appears in any overseas T20 leagues in the near future. In particular, CSK has bought a franchise, Johannesburg Super Kings, in the SA T20 League and it will be interesting to see if they sign him for the tournament.
It has been an absolute honour to represent my country & state UP. I would like to announce my retirement from all formats of Cricket. I would like to thank @BCCI, @UPCACricket, @ChennaiIPL, @ShuklaRajiv sir & all my fans for their support and unwavering faith in my abilities 🇮🇳
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) September 6, 2022