After Raina's retirement, Rahul Dravid made a big statement, said this about batting
New Delhi: Describing Suresh Raina as a 'great team man', former veteran batsman Rahul Dravid said that he would have scored more runs if he had a chance to bat at the top order. Former captain Dravid described Raina's contribution to the Indian team's success in limited-overs cricket. The 33-year-old left-handed batsman retired from international cricket on August 15, following in the footsteps of his mentor Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Raina, who gave Raina a 'cap' in ODIs and Tests, praised him fiercely. In the video posted on the official Twitter handle of the Cricket Board of India (BCCI), Dravid said, 'Suresh (Raina) has played a big role in the success, great moments that the Indian team has got in the last decade and a half in limited overs cricket. I think his contribution to white ball cricket has been fantastic.
Dravid said, 'He is a World Cup winner and Champions Trophy winner. He contributed greatly on the field. The way he raised the level of fielding, his energy, his enthusiasm in it was amazing. ' The middle-order batsman has scored over 8000 runs for India in 18 Tests, 226 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals in a 13-year career. National Cricket Academy (NCA) chief Dravid said, "One thing that we always felt was that Suresh did all the hard work".
Dravid said, "For most of his career, he batted at the lower order, fielding in difficult places, throwing some good overs and always gave a lot to the team." A brilliant 'team man', who always gave his best. He brought a lot of energy to the game and was a very good batsman. Dravid said, `` To be honest, if his batting order was up, then his stats would have been much better, like he has got success in batting in third order for Chennai Super Kings in Indian Premier League (IPL). He is an unprecedented player for the IPL.
Raina has scored 5368 runs in 193 matches of IPL and he is second in the list of highest run scorers in this tournament. In the first place, Indian captain Virat Kohli has 5412 runs in 177 matches. Dravid said, "I think he could not continue his good performance in this format after scoring a century on Test debut but his contribution to ODI cricket is fantastic." He has been a part of the Indian team which has achieved a lot of success in the last decade.
The former India captain said that Raina had proved his talent during junior cricket. Raina also captained the Indian team briefly. Under his captaincy, the Indian team won the ODI series against the West Indies and Bangladesh as well as the T20 series against Zimbabwe.