The 33-year-old Raina shocked many when he adopted his mentor Mahendra Singh Dhoni in worldwide retirement, saying his choice, simply minutes after the previous India skipper known as it quits on August 15.
Dravid, who had offered Raina with the ODI and Test caps, on Tuesday paid glowing tribute to the left-handed batsman.
“A lot of success that India had in white-ball cricket, a lot of great moments and memories that India had over the last decade and a half, Suresh has been a really big part of that. I think his contribution in white-ball cricket has been fantastic,” he mentioned in a video posted by BCCI on its twitter deal with.
“He is a World cup winner and Champions Trophy winner. He contributed so much on the field, his energy, the enthusiasm he brought, the way he raised the standard of field …”
A middle-order batsman, Raina amassed almost 8000 runs representing India in 18 Tests, 226 ODIs and 78 T20Is in a world profession spanning 13 years.
“One thing we always felt is that Suresh did all the difficult things,” mentioned Dravid, who’s the present NCA chief.
“For most a part of his profession, he batted decrease down the order, fielded at troublesome positions and bowled some useful overs and at all times introduced loads to the group. A terrific group man, who at all times gave his greatest, introduced nice vitality to the sport and a really skillful batter.
“Honestly his numbers might have been loads higher if he had batted greater up the order, that has been proven within the success he had for CSK (Chennai Super Kings) within the IPL the place he bats at no 3. He has been an outstanding participant for IPL.”
Raina has scored 5368 runs in 193 IPL matches for CSK to be positioned within the second place within the record of most runs by a batsmen within the historical past of the T20 match. He is barely second to India skipper Virat Kohli, who tops the chart with 5412 runs in 177 matches.
“I suppose he could not replicate the success of his debut hundred and could not construct on that in his Test profession however I believe his contribution to One-day cricket was improbable. He was a part of a really profitable Indian one-day group during the last decade and a half,” Dravid mentioned.
The former India skipper mentioned Raina confirmed sparks of his brilliance even throughout his junior days.
“Suresh Raina is a kind of actually younger thrilling abilities who got here via the Indian system within the 2004-05, taking part in under-19 cricket and doing exceptionally nicely. You might see even in that point that Suresh was going to be a really crucial participant for India and that is the way it performed out in a decade and a half.”
Raina had additionally captained India briefly, main the group to ODI collection wins over West Indies and Bangladesh and T20 collection victory towards Zimbabwe.
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