Updated: Oct 25, 2020
Here are 7 facts about Indian Cricket's Unsung Hero, Suresh Raina.
1. Under-19 Debut at sweet 16
Raina was 16 when he was first selected to represent India Under-19s on a tour to England. In his first match, he scored 72 in an unofficial four-day Test for a team led by Manvinder Bisla and featuring Ambati Rayudu and Irfan Pathan, his future India teammates.
2. Duck on ODI debut, Century on Test debut
Suresh Raina may have been one of India’s best ODi batsmen in the recent past, however, his career in the 50-over format did not have an auspicious start as he was dismissed for a first-ball duck against Sri Lanka. On the contrary, the southpaw scored a century on Test debut which also came against India’s southern neighbours.
3. King of All Trades
He is the first Indian batsman to score centuries in all 3 formats of cricket – test, one day and T20.
4. India’s youngest T20I captain
At the age of 23, Suresh Raina went on to become the youngest captain for India in the T20I format. Along with this, he also became the second youngest player to lead India in any format, the youngest being Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi at the age of 21.
5. Following the master’s footsteps!
Suresh Raina's nickname is SONU. During the initial stage of his cricket career & due to his ability to strike the ball so cleanly he also got named as CHOTA SACHIN.
6. As melodious as marvelous!
In 2015, Raina went on to sing a song for a Bollywood film named ‘Meeruthiya Gangsters’; it is a romantic number titled ‘Tu Mili Sab Mila’. Apart from his singing skills, the Indian batsman is also capable of playing the saxophone, a talent he displayed on a popular TV show.
7. Raina Premier League
Suresh Raina is the only player to get at least one man of the match award every season of the IPL, to get at least 350 runs in every season and score at least one fifty in every season. No one else has done all these three things across all seasons.