Raina & the wake-up call
It has almost been a year since we have seen T20 stalwart Suresh Raina Bleeding Blue. The T20 phenomenon has been called up for South Africa T20 series after a run drought. During this whole patch, the lefty craftsman appeared out of shape and was struggling to time the ball with rigour. The year 2017 was a nightmare for Suresh Raina and he would like to forget it as soon as possible.
But as we know, it only takes an inning or even a single boundary to turn the fortunes of a batsman and astonishingly Suresh Raina’s curse seems to have reached cessation. In this case, If you have been following the domestic T20 circuit i.e. Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2017-18 closely, you would also know that Suresh Raina was the top scorer of this T20 season with a score of 259 in 4 innings (126, 61, 56, 16) and other than the runs one would surely notice the hefty strikers movement in the field. He appeared totally rejuvenated, agile & seemed to have lost a lot of pounds too. He surely knows what comes after the bad i.e. ‘Good’.
One of the obvious reasons behind this dream run could be the confidence shown in his potential by the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings by retaining him with a massive amount of 11 Crore INR. What comes to mind after this series of top-notch innings is the demanding flow of runs in South Africa too. The Proteas would like to haunt Suresh with bolstering pace and bounce to break the momentum as he will be playing a vital role for the touring team usually playing in at 3.
The comrade has been given a hand full of opportunities in recent past but failed to exploit them & thus lost his place in the unit time to time. However, he can turn around the story this time & make a difference with his upraised fitness levels & boosted confidence. Suresh Raina could possibly intuit this as a last call-up from the Indian team if he doesn’t contribute up to the mark in the upcoming series.
Fortune favours the brave. – “Anonymous”
India’s squad for the T20I series:
Virat Kohli (captain) Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur