Happy bday Raina: Top 5 memorable innings when he rescued Team India
Raina usually batted down the order for India and played a vital role in the slog overs.Author : Priyanka Vinayak
Former India international Suresh Raina turns
35 today. Raina won the 2011 ODI World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy during his
international career that spanned over a decade.
The left hander's energetic batting
performance was an essential cog in India's middle order for a long time
and he proved his worth by changing the course of the match in India's
On 15 August 2020, Raina announced his
retirement from all formats of international cricket. He pulled from 2020
Indian Premier League due to personal reasons.
The left-handed batsman and part-time
off-spinner was part of several memorable victories with the Indian team,
including the 2011 ODI World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.
Let’s recall his top 5 memorable innings for
101* vs South Africa at Gros Islet,
Raina braved the likes of Dale Steyn,
Morne Morkel and Kallis to hit a century off just 60 balls in the ICC World T20
in 2010. Before this innings, Raina had failed to perform up to his reputation.
However, this innings changed everything for Raina and he became the first
Indian to score a hundred in all the three formats of the game.
81* vs England at Faridabad, 2006
This match was one of the first times Raina
and Dhoni got together to take India to victory. Playing England in a
seven-match ODI series, India won the first game comfortably. The action then
shifted to Faridabad where the visitors won the toss and elected to bat first.
But they couldn’t build on Kevin Pietersen’s 71 and were bowled out for just
226. India, however, found themselves in deep trouble when they were reduced to
92/5. But that’s when two young guns got together to take the hosts to victory.
Dhoni got out for 38 for 55, with Raina remaining unbeaten on 81 off 89. It was
a remarkably mature innings by the 18-year-old
34* vs Australia at Ahmedabad, 2011
This again will raise several eyebrows but 34
not out against Australia in the quarter-final of the 2011 World Cup was
one of the finest innings of Suresh Raina. It was a pressure match and
with 74 needed off 12 overs, could have gone either side. However, Raina
stitched a crucial partnership with Yuvraj Singh and India won the match.
36* vs Pakistan at Mohali, 2011
In the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup as
well, Raina played a crucial hand for the Indian team. The hosts were in a
tricky position batting first when Tendulkar got out for 85 with the score
being 187/5 in 37 overs. Raina came out to the crease then and India needed him
to stay till the end and provide a flourish in order to finish with a fighting
total. And that’s exactly what he did. He batted with the tail and remained
not-out on 36 off 39 to help India get to 260/9. Pakistan eventually got
bowled-out for 231 and the difference between the two teams was 29 runs. Had it
not been for Raina’s innings, the outcome of the match could have been very
49* vs Australia at Sydney, 2016
Chasing 197 in T20s that too against a team
like Australia in Australia is not an easy task. However, Suresh Raina made
sure it is done with his top innings of unbeaten 49. While Rohit Sharma and
Virat Kohli laid the foundation with their respective fifties, it was Raina who
kept India alive in the game and ensured victory.