Suresh Raina Feels He Can Be The No.4-Positioned Batsman For India
For a long time, the Indian team management is struggling to find out the proper no.4-positioned batsman for the limited-overs cricket. Veteran Indian middle-order batsman Suresh Raina believes that he still can manage this role properly in T20I cricket.
The 32-year-old Suresh Raina is eyeing to come back in the national team soon. Raina wants to play two back-to-back ICC Men’s T20 World Cups in 2020 and 2021. The left-handed batsman feels that he can solve the no.4 batting position problem in T20I cricket.
Raina recently told The Hindu, “I can be the No. 4 for India. I have batted in that slot before and delivered. I am looking forward to an opportunity with two T20 World Cups coming up.”
Suresh Raina played his last international match in July 2018. During India’s tour of England, Raina played in both the T20I and ODI series against the hosts.
Raina has played 78 T20Is where he has scored 1,605 runs with an average of 29.18. In T20I career, he batted at the no.4 position in 19 innings and scored 423 runs with an average of 24.88. His best knock in this batting position was 49*.
Since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, the Indian team management has tested many players in the no.4 batting position in limited-overs cricket. But all the players have failed to perform consistently at this batting position.
Recently, the 21-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant played at the no.4 batting position. But he has failed to impress due to his poor shot selections.
Right now Rishabh Pant seems to be playing under instructions and it is not working – Suresh Raina
Raina feels that Pant is not playing his natural game due to his confusion. The veteran left-handed middle-order batsman believes that someone needs to talk to Pant who knows him better.
Raina said about Pant, “He appears confused, is not playing his natural game. He is looking for singles, blocking, and appears lost.
“Someone needs to talk to him as M.S. Dhoni would do to players. Cricket is a mental game and Pant has to be backed to play his attacking brand of cricket. Right now he seems to be playing under instructions and it is not working.”
At present, the former successful captain MS Dhoni is the big talking point in Indian cricket. Since the semifinal of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, Dhoni hasn’t played a cricket match yet. However, Raina feels that Dhoni is still an asset for the national team and he will be an important factor for India in the next T20 World Cup.
Raina claimed, “He is still fit, still a terrific wicket-keeper and still the greatest finisher in the game. Dhoni will be an asset for India in the T20 World Cup.”
Apart from T20Is, Suresh Raina has also played 18 Tests and 226 ODIs where he has scored 768 runs (average 26.48) and 5,615 runs (average 35.31) respectively.
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