The former chief selector of the Indian team, MSK Prasad, has recently talked about why Suresh Raina hasn’t got another chance to return to the national team.
MSK Prasad-led selection committee faced many criticisms, especially handling the senior players. The 33-year-old Suresh Raina, who was once a regular cricketer of the Indian limited-overs sides, has been dropped from the national team after the 2018 England tour.
While Raina recently claimed that the selectors should have taken more responsibilities about the senior players, Prasad gave his view on it. Prasad pointed out Raina’s weak form which was the main reason for his failure in return to the national team.
Prasad told PTI, “See VVS Laxman, when he was dropped from the Indian Test squad in 1999, he forced himself back by scoring over 1400 runs in domestic cricket. This is what is expected from senior players when they are dropped.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t see that form here in Raina’s case in domestic cricket while other youngsters emerged at the big stage with their brilliant performances in domestic cricket and India A.”
Raina played the last recognised cricket match during the final of IPL 2019. Since then, he has been out from the game due to knee surgery and recovery. The second-most run-scorer of the IPL history, Raina scored 383 runs (average 23.93) in the IPL 2019.
The selectors have recently also faced the accusation of not following the Ranji matches. However, MSK Prasad has totally denied these.
Prasad claimed, “It is so sad to hear from him that selectors don’t watch Ranji games. Please check the records with BCCI that how many matches were watched by senior selection committee members in the last four years.”
I had personally spoken to Suresh Raina calling him to my room: MSK Prasad
Raina recently claimed that the selectors should have taken more responsibilities towards the senior players as they should clarify the reason for their removal and show the path of their improve.
Meanwhile, Prasad has also added that he talked with Raina and explained his roadmap for his future comebacks. While his efforts were appreciated earlier, Prasad is surprised about the latest claim.
Prasad said, “I had personally spoken to Raina calling him to my room and explained him the roadmap for his future comebacks. He had, back then, appreciated my efforts. I am really surprised when I have heard things which are exactly contrary to what had happened.”
Suresh Raina made his international debut in 2005 and the left-handed batsman has played 18 Tests, 226 ODIs and 78 T20Is.