The 35-year-old announced his retirement from international cricket on August 15, 2020, fairly soon after MS Dhoni.
“It has been an absolute honour to represent my country & state UP. I would like to announce my retirement from all formats of cricket,” Raina posted on Twitter on Tuesday.
Following this decision, Raina will now be able to compete in events such as the Road Safety Series, for which he has already been affirmed. He will also be eligible to play in foreign T20 leagues.
On this decision, Suresh Raina, commented, “I want to continue playing cricket for two or three years. Some exciting youngsters are coming through the ranks of Uttar Pradesh cricket. I have already taken my No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA). I have informed BCCI secretary Jay Shah and vice-president Rajiv Shukla about my decision.
“I will play in the Road Safety Series. T20 franchises from South Africa, Sri Lanka and UAE have contacted me but I am yet to take any decision.”
Raina had not played any first-class or list A cricket since 2018 and played his last IPL match in October 2021. Raina was an important member of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and also at one point their vice-captain. He represented CSK for 11 seasons and won four trophies. The southpaw is still their all-time leading scorer with 4687 runs from 176 matches. He was released by CSK ahead of the 2022 player auction, in which none of the ten franchises purchased him.
Raina steps down with 6871 runs in 109 first-class games, 8078 runs in 302 list A games, and 8654 runs in 336 T20s. He had his senior domestic breakthrough for UP in 2002-03 and his international debut in 2005.
Raina represented India in 226 ODIs, 78 T20Is, and 18 Tests. He was also part of the ODI World Cup squad that won in 2011. He became the first Indian batter to hit a century in each international format.