Earlier this year, Raina announced his retirement from all formats of cricket, qualifying him to play for foreign franchises.
The UAE-based league Abu Dhabi T10 League’s official Twitter handle announced the news on Tuesday.
“World Cup winner @ImRaina has signed for the @TeamDGladiators One of India’s best white-ball players of all time, Raina will debut in the #AbuDhabiT10 and we can’t wait,” the T10 league wrote on Twitter. .
Electric⚡ on the field. Fearless with the 🏏bat. Magic with field work. And skillful with the ball. Welcome one of the g… https://t.co/VSjGavNw8s
— Deccan Gladiators (@TeamDGladiators) 1667308136000
In an international career spanning 13 years, Raina represented India in 18 Tests, 226 ODIs and 78 T20s. Raina amassed 5615 runs from 226 ODIs at an average of 35.31. His best score in the format is 116*.
Raina has scored five centuries and 36 half-centuries in the format. In 78 T20Is, the left-hander has scored 1,605 runs at an average of 29.18. His best score in the format is 101. Raina has scored one century and five half-centuries in the format.
Over 31 innings in 18 Tests, Raina scored 768 runs at an average of 26.48. 120 is Raina’s best score in the longer format of the game. He has scored a century and seven half-centuries in this format. He is also the first Indian to score centuries in all three formats of cricket and his centuries were scored outside India.
While playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Suresh Raina has 5,528 runs to his name in 205 IPL matches with 39 half centuries and one century at a strike rate of 136.76 and an average of 32.52. His best score in the IPL is 100. Raina is the fifth highest score in IPL of all time. He was one of the marquee players of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise, which he represented for most of his career. He also won two champion league T20 titles with CSK.
Raina represented Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket, having made his debut for the team in the 2002–03 season and played till the 2020–21 season. In 109 first-class cricket matches, Raina scored 6,871 runs at an average of 42.15. His best individual score in the format is 204*. He has scored 14 centuries and 45 half-centuries in the format.
In List A cricket, Raina scored 8,078 runs in 302 matches at an average of 35.42. His best score in the format is 129. Seven hundreds and 55 half-centuries came from his bat in this format.
In 336 T20 matches, Raina scored 8,654 runs at an average of 32.17. His best individual score in this format is 126*. Four centuries and 53 half-centuries have been scored by this stylish southpaw in the T20s.
Raina also played for Indian Legends in the second season of the Road Safety World Series.