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One of Indian cricket’s most decorated players, Suresh Raina has joined the T10 squad and will represent Deccan Gladiators in Season 6 of the Abu Dhabi T10, the league’s organizer said in a statement on Tuesday.
Raina, who announced his retirement from the Indian Premier League (IPL) and domestic cricket on September 6, is playing his first season in ADT10. Raina will join Deccan Gladiators alongside Andre Russell, Taskin Ahmed, Josh Little and David Wise.
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A four-time IPL trophy winner, Raina has scored 5,528 runs in the league and has played for Chennai Super Kings and captained Gujarat Lions in 2016-2017, for whom he has also scored numerous runs. Known as Mr. IPL, Raina is the highest run-scorer for CSK in the tournament’s history.
The former Indian cricketer, who was a key part of India’s ODI World Cup-winning team in 2011, has scored 5,615 runs in 226 50-over matches and 1,605 runs in T20Is.
Raina, who has been one of the cornerstones of many success stories for India, said, “I am happy to join Deccan Gladiators and hope that together we can retain the title this year. I am looking forward to this new challenge at the Abu Dhabi T10 and hope to put on a show for the fans and my team. It promises to be an exciting tournament and I am very excited to be a part of it.
Abu Dhabi T10 COO Rajiv Khanna said, “It is fantastic news that Suresh Raina has been included in the Abu Dhabi T10 roster. Not only does he contribute with his incredible cricketing skills and flair for competition, he also brings his experience and knowledge to his teammates. His presence will definitely attract more fans to engage with Abu Dhabi T10 Season 6.
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Team owner Gaurav Grover said, “Bringing a player of Suresh Raina’s caliber on board is a very exciting opportunity for Deccan Gladiators. He will definitely add a lot of potential to our batting line-up and we hope he scores a lot of runs. The addition of Suresh Raina makes our squad stronger and we need as much as possible as we look to defend our title this year.
The sixth season of Abu Dhabi T10 runs from November 23 to December 4. The Gladiators play their first match against Abu Dhabi on the opening day, before going into the second match on the opening day.
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