Just as the Indian cricket scene grasped the news of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s retirement from international cricket, his teammate and trusted lieutenant Suresh Raina decided to follow suit and announced his exit from the Indian cricket team.
As the Indian cricket fandom was just coping up with the news of the iconic MS Dhoni’s retirement, Suresh Raina announced his retirement from international cricket, moments after Mahi declared his exit from the Men in Blue.
Two of the greatest players in the history of Team India, made a memorable exit on the country’s 74th independence day.
Suresh Raina announced his retirement on his official Instagram. “I choose to join you in this journey,” wrote Raina, plus a group photo with MS Dhoni and some of their Chennai teammates.
Revered as one of the greatest fielders in the gentleman’s game, the major part of both Suresh Raina’s international and Indian Premier League career was under Dhoni’s captaincy. Along with being the vice captain for CSK, Raina also captained the now defunct IPL franchise Gujarat Lions.
On Suresh Raina’s decision to hang his boots up, several Indian cricketers and athletes took to Twitter to tribute the 33 year old specialist batsman.
Congratulations, Suresh on a wonderful career playing 🏏 for India.
Still remember our partnership & on-field conversations during your debut Test!
Wish you all the very best for your future endeavours. pic.twitter.com/kyhczi2juE
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 15, 2020
Really surprised by Raina calling it a day too….well…guess all good things have to come to an end. Raina tera Kya kehna….one of the best southpaws to don the Indian jersey. Mr. IPL for #CSK. Gave 100% whenever he was on the field. Go well, my friend. #rainaretires
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 15, 2020
Congratulations on a top career Bhavesh. Goodluck with everything ahead 😊👍 @ImRaina
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 15, 2020
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) August 15, 2020
— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) August 15, 2020
Congratulations Suresh Raina on a wonderful India career! 👏🏼 @ImRaina
— Jhulan Goswami (@JhulanG10) August 15, 2020
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 15, 2020
Well done @ImRaina on ur retirement. What a fantastic career u have had . It was a pleasure playing along side n against you !! Lots of memories to cherish for life . U have made the whole nation proud . Happy retirement!! 🇮🇳
— Mithun Manhas (@MithunManhas) August 15, 2020
From sharing the dressing room with you, practicing with you in my backyard and having conversations over meals, I will miss all of that. Go well brother in your second innings #RainaRetires pic.twitter.com/vUeRjnRAPo
— Mohammad Shami (@MdShami11) August 15, 2020
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) August 15, 2020
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) August 15, 2020
— Col Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 15, 2020
You’ve been a constant source of motivation & encouragement for young players everywhere and you will continue to be, even as you embark on this new journey. Congratulations on a great career, @ImRaina. All the very best for everything the future holds.
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) August 15, 2020
Two of the greatest cricketers @msdhoni @ImRaina have taken retirement from Indian cricket today. Their entertaining performances and best moments to Indian cricket will be missed. My best wishes to Dhoni bhaiya & Suresh bhaiya. #DhoniRetires #rainaretires #SureshRaina #MSDhoni7 pic.twitter.com/QL29cTf8Oa
— Hima (HD) (@HimaDas8) August 15, 2020
— Unmukt Chand (@UnmuktChand9) August 15, 2020
— Dadi Chandro Tomar (@realshooterdadi) August 15, 2020
— Kasturi Shankar (@KasthuriShankar) August 15, 2020
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 15, 2020
"कुछ लोग साथ आते हैं, ओर अपना फ़र्ज़ निभाते हैं और चले भी साथ जाते हैं! #MSधोनी_व_सुरेश रैना_अलविदा_क्रिकेट💐💐@msdhoni @ImRaina । क्रिकेट के मैदान पर आपकी सफलता युवाओं के लिए हमेशा प्रेरणादायी रहेगी।❤️❤️जय हिंद जय भारत 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/jOZLwtHrs2
— Bajrang Punia 🇮🇳 (@BajrangPunia) August 15, 2020
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) August 15, 2020
322 matches, 7988 runs, 48 stellar half centuries and 7x💯
Thank you, #Raina! You've been such a champion for 🇮🇳
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) August 15, 2020
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) August 15, 2020
One of the most likeable men in Indian cricket. Immensely talented, always played with a smile, and was a champion for #TeamIndia. Happy retirement, @ImRaina!#PlayBold #ThankYouRaina #RainaRetires pic.twitter.com/zbxWZJ7yNw
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) August 15, 2020
The first Indian to score a hundred across all three formats, an outstanding fielder and the most enthusiast while celebrating wickets! #ThankYouRaina for the wonderful memories! 🇮🇳🙌 @ImRaina pic.twitter.com/NlQZFGdxqF
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) August 15, 2020