Former Indian player Suresh Raina has got a big honor in Maldives. He has been chosen as a sports icon here. 16 international players were nominated for this special honor, which included the names of players associated with cricket as well as football world and athletics.
Raina was given this honor at the Sports Awards 2022 held in Maldives. This award ceremony was organized on March 17. After receiving the award, Raina thanked the President of Maldives and the Sports Minister for this honor through a tweet. Raina wrote, ‘Thanks to respected Ibrahim Mohd Solih and Ahmed Mahloof. The feeling of representing India among the world champions on the global platform is amazing. Many congratulations for organizing the best award ceremony.
Thank you for the honor @ibusolih and Mr. @AhmedMahloof, The feeling of representing India on a global platform among all the world champions is unmatchable. Congratulations on organizing such an exclusive award ceremony. Way to go #MaldivesSportsAwards2022 pic.twitter.com/VPNtIWh03K
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) March 18, 2022
Such has been Raina’s international career
Suresh Raina made his international debut in the year 2005. He scored 5615 runs in 226 ODIs for India with 5 centuries and 36 half-centuries. During this his batting average was 35.31. Raina was considered a T20 specialist player. He scored 1605 runs in 78 T20 Internationals with the help of a century and five half-centuries. His run average in T20 was 29.18. Suresh Raina played very few Test matches in his career. He scored 768 runs in 18 Tests with one century and seven half-centuries. Raina has also taken 62 wickets in international cricket.
Raina is popularly known as Mr IPL
Raina has scored a lot of runs in IPL too. He was the first player to complete five thousand runs in IPL. In 205 matches of this league, Raina has scored 5528 runs with one century and 39 half-centuries. However, this time Raina did not find any buyer in the auction due to the poor performance of the last two years.