Suresh Raina (About this sound pronunciation ; born 27 November 1986) is an Indian professional cricketer. A left-handed middle-order batsman and an occasional off-spin bowler, he used to be one of the best fielders in world cricket. He plays for Uttar Pradesh in all forms of domestic cricket and is the captain of Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League. He has also captained the Indian cricket team and is the second-youngest player to captain India. He is one of two Indian batsmen to ever score a century in all three formats of international cricket. He is considered as one of the finest T20 batsman. However his Test career did not last long due to his aggressive approach with the bat.
Raina made his ODI debut in July 2005 against Sri Lanka at the age of 19. However, his Test debut came about five years later, in July 2010, against the same opposition. He scored a hundred on his Test debut. He was a part of the Indian squad that won the 2011 World Cup.
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 specialist government Sports College..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.
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Suresh Raina married Priyanka Chaudhary on April 3, 2015. Their daughter, Gracia Raina, was born on 14 May 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Suresh Raina has lent his voice to the soundtrack of the film Meeruthiya Gangster.
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