There is no short cut to success goes the adage and it applies to Uttar Pradesh batsman Suresh Raina, whose relentless performance in the Ranji Trophy, saw him break back into the national squad.
After being sidelined with a ligament tear in the left knee in February last year, the southpaw bounced back strongly and was rewarded for the hard work when the BCCI selection committee, on Sunday, included him for India's one-off Twenty20 match against Australia and the subsequent tri-series also featuring Sri Lanka.
The elated southpaw said, "I was waiting for this call and knew the only way to make a comeback was by performing at the domestic level."
The 21-year-old is gearing up for his stint Down Under with enthusiasm. "I think their wickets aren't just bowler friendly, they even assist the batsmen. I feel I'd be able to come good.
"In June and July (last year) I was in Brisbane with the Gavaskar-Border Academy where I got an opportunity to play as well. I found the ball coming on to the bat and keeping that in mind I think the batsmen can perform if they play with the right technique. Their wickets suited me fine. I am all ready to go," he added.