Suresh Raina had a decent season in IPL but his failures in Indian jersey in the recent days have questioned him a place in the team.
The southpaw played a match winning innings against Australia in the 3rd T20I as India won the series 3-0. Raina, however, has lost his touch after that as he managed to make only 130 runs in 10 outings which include Asia Cup, T20 World Cup and a home series against Sri Lanka.
Despite having a good IPL season, the 29-year old has missed out on a place for Zimbabwe tour as his recent T20I record might have affected the decision.
Talking to Bangalore Mirror, Raina is confident to make a comeback and reclaim his spot in Indian national team.
“You may call whatever you want – whether I was rested or dropped (for the Zimbabwe trip). One-day, T20 or Test matches, I will strive to get back my place in the Indian teams,” Suresh Raina said on his selection for Zimbabwe tour.
“I have got four months to regain my mojo. It is a blessing for me. The selection is not in my hands, the performance is. I think I have done well as a captain and player. I will rest for some time and then restart. There is a lot of cricket left in me. My body needs a bit of rest. Once that is done, I can do well.”
The left-hander is looking for the new domestic season as he added, “I think I will have my next competitive game in September and so I will rest for a while before starting all over again. I will spend some time with my wife and daughter (in Netherlands) before hitting the gym to get ready for the domestic grind.”
When asked about his new IPL team and the season, he said: “It was a good season for us. A new franchise, new owners, new coaches, new players, and new challenges. I had to do a lot of planning.Team owner (Keshav Bansal) was very energetic and he gave me all the freedom to express myself. We became No 1 team if not the champions.”
“The captaincy experience was very good. I played under stalwarts like Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni. Particularly, I have learnt a lot from MS. No need to say he is a top captain from India and playing under him was a great learning experience. I did exactly the way he used to react to different situations and tried to imbibe his man-management skills.”