Suresh Raina, the centurion, the highest hitter and Man of the match of the second One-day International (ODI) between India and England at Cardiff of said that sharing the crease with the Indina Skipper MS Dhoni enhanced his batting prowess and helped him to play his natural game. Raina and Dhoni shared a crucial 144 run partnership for the fifth wicket. They made a legendary partnership after being battered by the English team in the Test Series. India’s confidence after the innings was solely due to their partnership. With their great partnership India put a score of 304 runs on the scoreboard after the 50 overs. The Indian skipper himself scored 52 runs, but the star of the day was surely Raina, who hit 12 fours and 3 sixes during his stay at the crease. India’s bowling was also another key factor to the equation. India won the match comfortably by 133 runs (D/L method).

Rania told, Dhoni knew his game and never asked him to give up his natural game, which is attacking the bowlers. At the same time, he kept talking to him during the innings to ensure the left-hander did not throw it away. Raina also gave the credit of good form to Sachin Tendulkar and Parveen Amre. They both worded on Raina’s game recently.

With the ODI World Cup just six months away, when asked if this innings confirmed Raina’s spot in the squad for India’s title-defence, the Indian skipper replied, “The thing is that if a batsman plays one good innings, he is put up on a pedestal. If he doesn’t play good cricket or indeed if Raina had not played this innings, the questions could have been very different.

Raina was speaking to BCCI.TV after his 74 ball century, which is also his only hundred outside sub-continent. Later in the England innings, he also took one wicket with his off-spin. According to Rania the current shape of the team is very good, and every member on the team is determined to do well.