One of the best limited-overs batsmen India had over the last decade, Suresh Raina is keen to make a test team comeback as he is focused to prove his mettle in the longest format of the game.
The 29-year old is currently leading India Green squad after losing his place in India’s T20 team despite his excellent showing in recently concluded IPL-9. However, the player is confident that a few good knocks in Duleep Trophy could help his cause to make a comeback to Test team.
“If I get more overs, I feel I can score big like the 90 off 101 deliveries I made for India Green in the second innings against India Red a few days ago.
“In that innings, I was batting with the tailenders and I was happy to score under the lights. I am beginning to find form and hopefully, with a lot of Tests coming up this season, I hope to make the (Test) team,” Raina said.
The southpaw also feels that T20 needs a lot of hard work that holds the key to his consistency over the past few years in IPL as he piled up massive runs for CSK.
“T20 is a format which requires a player to constantly work hard on his game. There are many who would say that all you need is just need one good season to make a mark, but you have to be consistent and play well each season,” he said.
“See I come at no. 6 in the batting order usually and it’s very difficult. In IPL, I usually bat at the no. 3 spot and make a lot of runs. (But) I have also won a lot of games for India coming in at no 6.”
Suresh Raina who was present at the stadium as he was spotted watching TNPL along with tournament officials feels the new tournament would be a perfect platform for youngsters to show their skills which could help them earn IPL contracts next season.
“It definitely is a fantastic tournament and you would see a few cricketers from TNPL who are going to play in the IPL next year. These tournaments provide a platform for players to showcase their skill set and soak in the pressure of playing in front of a capacity crowd. With the tournament being telecast live, it’s a big plus as youngsters watching will be motivated to take up this sport,” Raina said.
The player has plenty of time to spend with his family and has revealed his thoughts on the parenthood.
“It’s been a surreal experience and I forget everything when I see my daughter around. Her mother (wife Priyanka) does a lot of sacrifices for her and I make sure to be by her side all the time,” he said.