Suresh Raina, the Indian southpaw batsman has been in some tremendous from off late. From being axed in the Asia cup to scoring century in England and half centuries against West Indies and Sri Lanka added with out of the box performances in the IPL and CLT20 this year, is is not wrong to say that Suresh Raina is in a red hot form.
Suresh Raina who generally bats at no.5 for India and does the job as a finisher for India. He is quite happy too to come, blast and go. But, his technique of batting doesn’t suit him to bat like a finisher. He is not a wild slogger or a heavy muscle man who can clear big boundaries with a swing of the bat. Raina is a strokemaker. He loves to play the proper cricketing shots. His step down to a spinner to the inside out shot is a joy to watch.
Personally, I feel Suresh Raina should be promoted to no.4 in ODI’s. I might be prejudiced because I am one of his biggest fans, but this is what I feel. He is great in the powerplay overs and can handle any given situation. Remember his 87 off 25 balls, all the runs he scored came in the powerplay early on. His 100 off 75 balls against England, the most of the runs were scored in the powerplay overs. And it is crucial for India to get one senior player in to play the middle overs, that is 25-40. Raina is the appropriate man for this. Another reason is, Raina takes time to settle in, forget the innings he played in IPL, I am talking about his general tendency. So, the middle overs provide a brilliant platform for Raina to settle in and go all guns in the batting powerplay. In addition to that, MS Dhoni is there who can finish games for India in whatever situations, so there is no point for Raina to bat at no.5. Obviously, it would be risky to test him at no.4 right away in the World Cup, so India should take an initiative, rather Ravi Shastri and Dhoni should try him at 4 in the series downunder.
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