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Suresh Raina set to miss his first ever IPL Play-offs!

Gujarat Lions players walk off

For the very first time ever, Suresh Raina won’t be a part of any team that has qualified for the IPL play-offs. After Rishab Pant’s devastating innings, the Gujarat Lions were eliminated from the tournament as they have just 3 wins to their name in 11 matches.

Chennai is the team with most appearances in IPL elimination stages, appearing in 8 of them. They have played 5 finals and have won the trophy twice. They are the only IPL Champions to have defended the title. They won it in 2010 and were crowned again in 2011.

Raina – The Highest Run scorer in IPL History

Suresh Raina, who is the current skipper of Gujarat Lions, was a permanent member of the suspended team Chennai Super Kings. Of the 132 matches played by CSK over a span of 8 years, Raina played in each one of them, sitting out in none, a record in itself. Raina has played the most IPL games, featuring in 158. He is the leading run-scorer in the tournament history with 4493 runs. He has smashed 172 sixes in the tournament, the most by an Indian. He also has 25 wickets to his name at an excellent economy of 7.33.

Suresh Raina has been the lynchpin of both the teams he’s played for. He led CSK in MSD’s absence quite a few times and hence was handed the responsibility of leading the newly formed Gujarat Lions in 2016. He led the team well as they finished second after the Round Robin stages but failed to proceed ahead, losing both the opportunities of qualifying to the Final.

This year, GL’s performance has been woeful as they have lost as many as 8 games and won just 3. With MI and KKR have qualified already, RPS, SRH, and DD are in strong contention for the 3rd and 4th spot, kicking GL out.

Here is a look at a year by year performance of Raina’s performance and position in the 10 seasons of IPL!

2008 – Runners Up

Raina scored 421 runs in the tournament as CSK finished as Runners-up, narrowly losing the final to Rajasthan Royals. He was trying to find form in a team with stalwarts like Matthew Hayden and Michael Hussey, who were much more experienced than Indian batsmen in the format.

2009 – Semi-Finalists

CSK finished fourth in the season as they lost the semi-final to RCB when the tournament was held in South Africa. Raina had a better season has he scored 434 runs with the bat.

2010 – Champions

Staggering ahead with 520 runs in 16 games, Raina was the star of the tournament for CSK in their win. He was awarded the man of the match award in the final for his 35-ball 57.

2011 – Champions

With 438 runs in 16 games, Raina had a low season. But, CSK continued to exercise dominance as they won a second successive final to be crowned champions yet again.

2012 – Runners Up

Though Raina scored a magnificent 73 in the final, he was overshadowed by Manvinder Bisla who led KKR to their first ever title. Raina scored 441 runs in the season in 19 games.

2013 – Runners Up

Appearing in their fourth successive final, CSK were yet again blackballed by Mumbai from being crowned champions thrice. This was a memorable season for Raina as he scored his first ever IPL hundred in the season, mustering up 548 runs in the tournament.

2014 – 3rd place

After Virender Sehwag’s fabulous hundred in the second qualifier to take KXIP to 226 in 20 overs, Raina fired on all cylinders scoring 87 off just 25 deliveries to have CSK in the driving seat. His untimely dismissal stopped the cruising chase as they fell short by 24 runs. Raina had another memorable season scoring 523 runs in 16 games.

2015 – Runners Up

Fifth final in 8 years for Suresh Raina. He had a bad season with the bat scoring just 374 runs in the tournament as CSK ended up on the losing side yet again in the Final.

2016 – 3rd place

After the suspension of CSK, Raina was drafted into Gujarat Lions where he was asked to lead the side. He did a fair job as GL finished second on the table. Raina scored 399 runs in the year. GL lost to RCB in the Qualifier and failed to capitalise on the second opportunity in Qualifier 2 as they lost to SRH to finish third in the season.

2017 – Not in the play-offs!

Raina has accumulated 395 runs in 11 games so far this season, but that hasn’t been enough for his team to qualify for the play-offs as other teams have already fared better.

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