Former India cricketer Suresh Raina was honoured with the reptable ‘Sports Icon’ award at the Maldives Sports Awards 2022 by the Government of Maldives.
Raina was recommended along with 16 international sportspersons, counting former Real Madrid and Brazil football legend Roberto Carlos, Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, former Sri Lankan cricket captain Sanath Jayasuriya and Dutch football star Edgar Davids.
Raina was presented with the award for his various accomplishments throughout his career.
He was presented with the award apace with Md Zahir Ahsan Russel, the Minister of Youth and Sports of Bangladesh; Al-Kadi Badr Abdul Rahman, the Vice Minister of Sports of Saudi Arabia; Ahmed Nazeer, the Honorary President of the Maldives Tennis Association.
The event was led by the President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Sports Ministers, world-prominent athletes and Maldivian athletes.
Raina was part of the Indian team which triumphed the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He has also acquired the IPL trophy 4 times with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise.
He was the first Indian player to tally 6000 as well as 8000 runs in a T20 career and the first-ever cricketer to outreach 5,000 runs in IPL. He also sustains the record for scoring the most 50s in Champions League T20 history.