A day after reaching the milestone of scoring 4,500 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Suresh Raina was disappointed after he failed to make the cut in the 15-member Indian squad for next month’s ICC Champions Trophy.
“What can I say now? It’s really disappointing and hurting. I was expecting a comeback call this time,” Raina told HT on Monday soon after his arrival in the state capital before moving to Kanpur for the remaining two IPL matches of the Gujarat Lions.
“I have been performing well and consistently, proving myself in the ongoing IPL season. Certainly it is not on the expected lines but I would let my bat do the talking as I am sure of my comeback in the Indian squad one day,” said Raina, who has been included in the standby list for the upcoming event.
“Right now I am focusing on my remaining matches in the IPL and would try to score as much as I can for the team’s victory,” said Raina, who scored 39 off 25 balls in team’s six-wicket win against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on Sunday night.
“Wins in the remaining matches will lift the spirit of the team though we have already missed the cut for the play-offs,” he said.
With a strike rate of 95 and an average of above 35 in One-Day Internationals (ODI), Raina is one of the most successful middle-order batsmen of India.
Though he hasn’t played an ODI since 2015, performance of the 30-year-old cricketer in the shorter version of the game has been inspirational for others.
The all-rounder also has a good record in England where the ICC Champions Trophy will be played.