Raina ready for the bounce and pace challenge
Suresh Raina is confident India will bounce back from the Test debacle in the shorter formats which start with a Twenty20 tie against Australia here on Wednesday.cricket Updated: Jan 30, 2012 23:48 IST
Suresh Raina is confident India will bounce back from the Test debacle in the shorter formats which start with a Twenty20 tie against Australia here on Wednesday.
India lost the Test series 0-4 but Raina, who did not feature in it, is confident the limited overs squad can turn things around. "We won the ODI tri-series here last time (2007-8). We have also won the World Cup. We won other series too. It's the same set of players largely. You would see different cricket from India," he said.
A number of younger players have joined the squad following the Tests. India play two T20 internationals which will be followed by the tri-series that also features Sri Lanka.
Raina, who has been consistent in limited-overs cricket but not clicked in Tests, said he had made technical adjustments to his batting.
“I went to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, worked in Mumbai, worked on my wrist position on the bouncy wicket at MIG and NCA and had good coaches (to work under).” India of late have not done well in Twenty20 internationals. They are seventh in the ICC team rankings, just ahead of West Indies. "We have to do well. Fielding is going to be a major factor here. We've to bat till the end.”
Raina is hopeful a good show in Australia would pave the way for his Test comeback. "I played here against Australia A and South Africa A sides. In Tests, I did well in West Indies. I know I can play many more Tests. I do believe in hard work and when given chance again, would prove my worth."
“Test matches were different. Australians played better, executed their plans well, bowled well, in good areas. Unfortunately, we didn't bat well in pairs. “There are a lot of youngsters who have come from India. They have played good first-class cricket and done very well at home. I played three-four domestic matches and got a double century.”
Raina believes the present tour would be useful for the young squad as the next World Cup, in 2015, will be held in Australia and New Zealand.