Dravid hails Raina’s contribution to India’s success in final decade and a half

New Delhi, August 18

Suresh Raina was a “terrific team man” who might have amassed extra runs if he had batted up the order, mentioned batting nice Rahul Dravid, saluting him for the position he performed in India’s success in white-ball cricket.

The 33-year-old Raina stunned many when he adopted his mentor Mahendra Singh Dhoni in worldwide retirement, asserting his choice, simply minutes after the previous India skipper referred to as it quits on August 15.

Dravid, who had offered Raina with the ODI and Test caps, on Tuesday paid glowing tribute to the left-handed batsman.

“A lot of success that India had in white-ball cricket, a lot of great moments and memories that India had over the last decade and a half, Suresh has been a really big part of that. I think his contribution in white-ball cricket has been fantastic,” he mentioned in a video posted by the BCCI on its twitter deal with.

“He is a World cup winner and Champions Trophy winner. He contributed so much on the field, his energy, the enthusiasm he brought, the way he raised the standard of field …”

A middle-order batsman, Raina amassed almost 8,000 runs representing India in 18 Tests, 226 ODIs and 78 T20Is in a global profession spanning 13 years.

“One thing we always felt is that Suresh did all the difficult things,” mentioned Dravid, who’s the present NCA chief.

“For essentially the most a part of his profession, he batted decrease down the order, fielded at troublesome positions and bowled some helpful overs and at all times introduced quite a bit to the crew. A terrific crew man, who at all times gave his greatest, introduced nice vitality to the sport and a really skillful batter,” mentioned Dravid.

“Honestly his numbers could have been a lot better if he had batted higher up the order, which has been shown in the success he had for CSK (Chennai Super Kings) in the IPL where he bats at No 3. He has been a phenomenal player for IPL.”

Raina has scored 5,368 runs in 193 IPL matches for CSK to be positioned within the second place within the listing of most runs by a batsman within the historical past of the T20 match. He is just second to India skipper Virat Kohli, who tops the chart with 5,412 runs in 177 matches.

“I guess he couldn’t replicate the success of his debut hundred and couldn’t build on that in his Test career but I think his contribution to One-day cricket was fantastic. He was part of a very successful Indian one-day team over the last decade and a half,” mentioned Dravid.

The former India skipper mentioned Raina confirmed sparks of his brilliance even throughout his junior days.

“Suresh Raina is one of those really young exciting talents who came through the Indian system in 2004-05, playing under-19 cricket and doing exceptionally well. You could see even in that time that Suresh was going to be a very-very important player for India and that’s how it played out in a decade and a half.”     

Raina had additionally captained India briefly, main the crew to ODI collection wins over West Indies and Bangladesh and T20 collection victory in opposition to Zimbabwe. PTI

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