Suresh Raina, a veteran batsman for India, just inked an official contract to play with the Deccan Gladiators in the Abu Dhabi T10 League. Raina is expected to take part in the tournament. As a result, it will serve as Raina’s introduction into the United Arab Emirates-based franchise cricket league.
Officially announcing his retirement from both the Indian Premier League (IPL) and domestic cricket, the UP player made the announcement. Since Raina is not now under contract with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), he is free to compete in franchise leagues outside of India. This is an important development.
Raina has been recruited by the Deccan Gladiators, which already boasts of having a star-studded lineup including players such as the fantastic Caribbean trio of Andre Russell, Nicholas Pooran, and Odean Smith, the Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed, the destructive England opener Jason Roy, and the Afghanistan mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman etc. Raina is the latest addition to the Deccan Gladiators’ roster.
During his time in the IPL, Raina amassed 5528 runs from 205 matches at an average of 32.52 at a blistering strike rate of 136.73, including a century and 35 half-centuries. He is currently the fifth-highest scorer in the Indian Premier League. Raina was the leading run-scorer in the IPL for a while and is currently the fifth-highest scorer.
Due to a variety of personal obligations, the southpaw was unable to compete in the 2020 round of the competition. CSK’s campaign was a complete and utter failure, as the team was eliminated in the group stages for the first time since the competition’s start in 2008.
Even though the Yellow Army were victorious in the 2021 season, Raina’s performances were so poor that he was replaced by Robin Uthappa for the knockout stages of the competition.
Ahead of the IPL 2022 super auction, the senior middle-order batsman was made available for free by the team that had won three championships, but no other club has shown interest in purchasing him. After all, was said and done, Raina made his debut as a commentator during the 15th iteration of the competition.