Veteran Indian cricketer and one of the top-fielders in India Suresh Raina has become the first ever Indian batsman to score 8000 runs in the Twenty20 format of the game.
He may have only scored 12 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match against Puducherry, but those runs were enough for him to achieve that feat.
The UP born cricketer has scored 8001 runs in the 300 T20s he has played in his entire career at an average of 33.50. In the process, he has scored four centuries and forty-eight half-centuries in the shortest format of the game. The only other Indian to have played 300 T20s is Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni top the list with 301 matches while India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma is third with 299 matches so far.
As of now, Suresh Raina has scored sixth most runs in the shortest format. The five players ahead of him are – West Indies’ Chris Gayle (12298 runs in 269 matches), New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum (9922 runs in 370 matches), West Indies’ Kieron Pollard (8838 runs), Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik (8603 runs) and Australia’s David Warner (8111 runs).
Only a few days ago, Raina joined Rohit Sharma in the list of Indian cricketers with 300 sixes in the shortest format. Meanwhile, Sharma has 326 sixes to his name in the 299 matches he has played so far.
The 32-year-old player from Muradnagar is gearing to turn up for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will face Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the opening game of the 2019 edition of India’s cash-rich league.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar