Suresh Raina, most consistent player in IPL

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Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 17:56 [IST]
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Raina, CSK's most reliable batsman

Suresh Kumar Raina, has been the most consistent player for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 5, as he has successfully recorded 400 plus runs in all the editions of the cash-rich league.

The middle-order batsmen, had proved yet again that he is the backbone of Chennai Super Kings' batting line-up.

The left-handed batsman is a new age Indian cricketer who loves to attack bowlers and play those big shots that reaches the stands. Its not onloy his batting that makes him special but his acrobatic skills which saves a plenty of runs for the team also adds strength to his profile.

Though it took him a few years to cement his place in the Indian Cricket team and got his Test cap after playing 98 ODIs. Though he was a part of the Test squad, since he lacked consistency he was dropped from the team.

But nobody can question his presence in the shortest version of the game, as we have all witnessed, Raina has been a phenomenal player.

The 25 year old cricketer has been an IPL regular and has been a part of the Chennai Super Kings squad since 2008, inception of IPL.

His presence has definitely boosted the team's strengths and its batting as the cricketer has proved time and again that he is the most reliable player for CSK with maximum runs to his credit including all the seasons.

The fifth edition saw him pile up 441 runs while he collected 520 runs in the third edition, his highest in the tournament so far, wherein Chennai Super Kings emerged Champions after defeating Mumbai Indians by 22 runs in the final.

This talented batsman has proved his critics wrong, everytime with a wonderful performance in the cash-rich league, as he has collected 2254 runs off 81 matches so far in IPL and has been the highest run-scorer in the domestic league with 14 fifties to his credit.

Here is a look at Suresh Raina's performance in IPL 

 Season   Matches   Runs   Average   Strike Rate   H S  50s
   2008      16   421    38.27     142.71  55   3
   2009      14   434    31.00     140.90  98   2
   2010       16   520    47.27     142.85  83*   4
   2011       16   438    31.28     134.76  73*   4
   2012      19    441    25.94     135.69  73   1

     Span   Matches   Runs   Average   Strike Rate   HS   50s   4s   6s 
 2008-2012        81   2254    33.64      139.39  98   14  189   97


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