Starting of Career
In 2000, Raina decided to play cricket and subsequently moved from his hometown Muradnagar, Ghaziabad,
Uttar Pradesh (near New Delhi) to Lucknow, to attend the Guru Gobind Singh Sports College, Lucknow. He
rose to become the captain of the Uttar Pradesh U-16s and came to prominence amongst Indian selectors in
2002 when he was selected at the age of 15 and a half years for the U-19 tour to England, where he made a
pair of half-centuries in the U-19 Test matches. He toured Sri Lanka later that year with the U-17 team.
He made his Ranji Trophy debut for Uttar Pradesh against Assam in February 2003 at the age of 16 but did
not play another match until the following season. In late 2003, he toured Pakistan for the U-19 Asian ODI
Championship before being selected for the 2004 U-19 World Cup, where he scored three half-centuries,
including a 90 scored off only 38 balls. He was then awarded a Border-Gavaskar scholarship to train at
the Australian Cricket Academy and in early 2005, he made his first-class limited overs debut, and scored
645 runs that season at an average of 53.75.
In 2017, Raina did not manage to remain a regular fixture in the Indian team and was dropped from the
Annual Retainership of the BCCI.
During South Africa's tour to India in 2010, Raina was called in the squad for the second test but was not
selected in the playing XI. He then played against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe as all the other
first-choice players were rested from the tournament. India lost the first match under his captaincy
against Zimbabwe by six wickets but won the next match against Sri Lanka. Suresh Raina also captained the
Indian Cricket team for the T-20 series against Zimbabwe in June 2010 and India won the 2 match series
2–0. He was the leading run scorer in this series. Virat Kohli and R Ashwin made their T-20 debuts in
In 2011, India toured West Indies after the World Cup with captain MS Dhoni rested and vice-captain
Virender Sehwag injured. Gautam Gambhir was named the captain for the One-dayers and T20's with Raina as
his deputy. But due to injury, Gautam Gambhir was ruled out with Raina captaining with Harbhajan Singh as
his deputy. India won the series, and his captaincy was highly appreciated by former west-Indian legends.
He was again declared captain of the young Indian cricket team during 2014 Bangladesh series in 2014 while
all the regular players of Indian cricket were rested. He led his team for 2–0 victory in the series. His
personal performance was also splendid in the low scoring series as he captained the side very
aggressively throughout the series. He was praised all over the world for his captaincy skills which he
displayed during the 2nd ODI of this series. India was all out scoring 104 runs while batting first and
Suresh Raina and his young team defended 104 runs and won the match by 54 runs. His captaincy was the
deciding factor of this match along with Stuart Binny's bowling performance.
India toured West Indies after the World Cup with captain MS Dhoni rested and vice-captain Virender Sehwag
injured. Gautam Gambhir was named the captain for the One-dayers and T20's with Raina as his deputy. But
due to injury Gambhir was ruled out, with Raina captaining with Harbhajan as his deputy. India won the
series, but Raina averaged just 16.4. In the Test matches, he scored 232 runs at the average of 46.4
scoring crucial fifties in each Test.