Suresh Raina became the second Indian batsman after Virat Kohli to cross 1000 runs in T20 Internationals in the course of his impressive innings against Australia in the first of three matches at the Adelaide Oval today.
Raina was dropped from the Indian ODI side for the five-match series against Australia after a poor series at home against South Africa late last year. But the Uttar Pradesh southpaw did well to lead his team to victory in the domestic Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament.
India were asked to bat in Adelaide and got off to a quick start thanks to a Rohit Sharma cameo. But comeback man Shane Watson struck twice in the fifth over to first remove Rohit and then Shikhar Dhawan.
Raina walked in ahead of Yuvraj Singh and played a steady hand with the in-form Virat Kohli. The duo shared a strong stand for the third wicket and put India on course for a good total against the Aussies.
Raina has been one of the best T20 batsmen to have emerged from India. The left-handed batsman, who came into this match with three fifties and a hundred, needed 17 to get past the 1000-run mark.
He was aggressive from the outset and made good use of this opportunity to cement his place in the side.