Bengaluru, Aug 15: 15th August is turning out to be a red-letter day for cricket fans. While fans grappled to come to terms with MS Dhoni’s retirement announced, the former cricketer's teammate Suresh Raina also announced his decision to retire from international cricket and join Dhoni in this new chapter.
Raina, part of India’s 2007 and 2011 World Cup triumphs, was quick to follow Dhoni’s footsteps and he posted an image on Twitter to call it a day.
The 33-year-old Raina captioned the image, saying, “It was nothing but lovely playing with you, @mahi7781. With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you India. Jai Hind!” Raina is seen sitting next to Dhoni and his CSK teammates in the image.
The duo have been an integral part of the team and have played together in the Chennai Super Kings team in all editions. Raina, one of India’s finest middle-order batsman, was also one of the best fielders the Indian team has seen. He’s one of the players who have made a century in all three formats of the game.
Rain played only 18 Tests but has been a pillar for India in the ODI and T20 format and has been an integral part of the Indian team. Raina will be seen in action for the upcoming edition of the IPL in UAE, alongside Dhoni.
Here’s how the cricket fraternity and fans reacted to Raina’s retirement.
The best thing about Raina is He is always the first person to hug the bowler when he takes the wicket. One of the Best Fielders in the World. The Mr. IPL & more.— P. (@Freak1nP) August 15, 2020
Thank you Suresh Raina for all.#RainaRetires #ThankyouRaina pic.twitter.com/sTR1Bu0IpY
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
We miss u💔— VIJAYSETHUPATHI BROTHERS (@makkalselvanfc1) August 15, 2020
Farewell Captain @msdhoni 🔥Chinna thala #Raina Best wishes to all your future endeavours😍#MSDhoni #Dhoni #Thala #SureshRaina #rainaretires #Cricket #Legend #legends #ChinnaThala #DhoniRetires #dhoniretired #mahi #mahiretires pic.twitter.com/U1Se2DbjGw
Suresh Raina to join Dhoni on his journey 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/kmkbf8RQJ2— ICC (@ICC) August 15, 2020
15 August 2020 - a day of goodbyes in #cricket! #SureshRaina has joined #MSDhoni in his international retirement.— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) August 15, 2020
322 matches, 7988 runs, 48 stellar half centuries and 7x💯
Thank you, #Raina! You've been such a champion for 🇮🇳
See you at the #IPL2020 @ImRaina 💜 pic.twitter.com/SufUCqPMfz
As A True Cricket Fans It Hurts More Than Anything 💔— NTR Fans (@NTR2NTRFans) August 15, 2020
Thank You #MSDhoni & #Raina For Your Valuable Contribution To Indian Cricket Team...!
You May Be Retired But Your Memories Will Be With Us Forever🙏#ThankYouDhoni #ThankYouRaina pic.twitter.com/rluJggTeIj