One of the most qualified Indian cricketers on the block, Suresh Raina is now out of Team India Squad. Failing to strengthen his place in the Test side, he has now vanished his place from the ODI and T20I side.
The southpaw, who became a father earlier this year, is now practicing it hard in domestic cricket to make a reappear in the national side.
Raina, who has played eight seasons of IPL for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the city of Chennai as his second residence. From the of a Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) match, Raina spoke to TOI.
He is eyeing a comeback and scored 90 in the first Duleep Trophy match this season. Leading India Green, he scored 35 and 90 in opposition to India Red in the first match.
About the outing and the improvements required, Raina whispered, “See I come at No. 6 in the batting order usually and it’s very not easy. In IPL, I generally bat at the No. 3 and make a lot of runs.
I have also won a lot of games for India coming in at No. 6. If I get more over’s, I feel I can achieve big like the 90 off 101 deliveries I made for India Green in the second innings in opposition to India Red a few days ago.
In that innings, I was batting with the tail-enders and I was happy to score under the lights. I am beginning to find form and hopefully, with a lot of Tests coming up this season, I hope to make the (Test) team.”
Talking about the challenges of playing beneath the lights, with a pink ball, Raina added, “Playing under lights and with the pink ball was a confront and I am sure the players would get used to it with time. But I consider it’s an excellent move to have the competition under lights.”
Raina is very attached to daughter Gracia and considers fatherhood to be a “fantastic experience.
“It’s been a fantastic feeling and I forget the whole thing while I see my daughter. Her mother (wife Priyanka) does a lot of sacrifices for her and I make sure to be by her side all the time,” Raina signed off.