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Suresh Raina could have done very little to get a recall from Team India for the upcoming One-Day International and T20 International series against Sri Lanka.
The southpaw, who was an indispensable part of India’s limited-overs team not very long ago, played his last ODI way back in October 2015 during the five-match series against South Africa. On the friendly pitches, the Uttar Pradesh star struggled against the Protea bowlers and was dropped from the team thereafter.
In first three matches of the series- he registered a score of three in the first ODI followed by two ducks in the next two games. He scored a fifty in the fourth match but another failure in the final fixture was enough for the selectors to show him the door.
He was recalled for the ODI series against New Zealand in October last year but did not play a single game due to illness. However, he was handed a lifeline when he was recalled for the T20 series against England earlier this year and the southpaw fully capitalised on it by finishing the three-match series as its third highest run-scorer with 104 runs.
Later, he proved his credentials to earn a recall by scoring 442 runs in 14 Indian Premier League matches and although he was ignored for the Champions Trophy, he was named in the standby list. But not losing heart by the snub, the left-handed batsman underwent a gruelling two-month training stint in Amsterdam, where his wife Priyanka lives.
Last week, he visited the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru to prove his fitness.
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) August 11, 2017
However, the selectors once again ignored him and heartbroken with the latest snub, the 30-year-old posted an emotional message on his Instagram account.