Suresh Raina became the first-ever batsman to complete 5000 runs in the opening game vs RCB
Suresh Raina needed just 15 runs ahead of the match to reach the 5000 runs milestone
Virat Kohli is still 46 runs away from the above feat
Suresh Raina, who is at par with CSK skipper MS Dhoni in terms of most consecutive appearances in the Indian Premier League, has become the first-ever batsman to complete 5000 runs in the marquee T20 league. Raina has thus solidified his place at the top spot of in the list of the all-time highest run-scorers in the IPL.
The official IPL handle tweeted:
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 23, 2019
Earlier, the BookMyShow-backed fantasy sports and fan engagement company ‘Fantain Sports’ had signed Indian cricketer Suresh Raina as its brand ambassador, ahead of the 12th edition of the IPL. The Indian left-handed middle-order batsman is the face of the company across all its brand communication campaigns that have embarked.
Raina, who is also the first Indian batsman to score a century in all three formats in international cricket, was a significant part of India’s winning squad at the World Cup in 2011. However, the 31-year-old who had a dip in form over the last couple of years hasn’t been able to impress the BCCI selectors since.
The Chennai Super Kings batter last appeared in an international match for the Men In Blue back in July 2018 while India was touring England. Meanwhile, the World Cup squad for India still has a vacancy- i.e. the No.4 spot- and as many eyes are set on that, Raina could as well make it to the World Cup mix.
Coming back to the game, the season-opener between the defending champions and the Royal Challenger Bangalore. Suresh Raina needed just 15 runs ahead of the match, while RCB skipper Virat Kohli was 52 runs away from the 5000 mark in the IPL. Raina, who scored 19 off 21 on Saturday, won the race to the milestone- ahead of Kohli.
The moment was certainly special for the 31-year-old Raina as a huge turnout at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai- the home ground of the Chennai Super Kings- got to witness such an outstanding feat of their ‘local'[franchise] hero.
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