Indian batsman Suresh Raina, who is fighting hard to get back in the Indian side is hopeful of his comeback. He recently cleared the 'Yo-Yo Test' to stay in contention for the selection.
Raina has been left out of the Indian side after he underperformed and later failed to clear the fitness and endurance test.
The southpaw recently smashed a ton against Bengal in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy. Former India skipper and president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Sourav Ganguly was also present in the ground for the match.
He struck a belligerent 126 not out batting first, at an excellent strike-rate of 139.09 to put up a mammoth 235/2. In reply, Bengal could only manage 160 all out.
Raina was delighted with his idol's presence. He is happy to score a hundred in front of him. “I am working hard. Seeing dada (Sourav Ganguly) here today, it’s good to see your idol sitting here supporting Bengal. He has done so much for CAB ( Cricket Association of Bengal). To have a legend like him around is great. I will make a comeback very soon. Really enjoying my batting and hopefully it will be very soon,” Raina told reporters.
“The wicket (at the Eden Gardens) was very good. You have to make the most in the first six overs, that’s the basic of playing T20 cricket. When I came to Kolkata, I had a good net session with the coach. I was hitting the ball well today,” the 31-year-old added.
Raina also talked about the importance of his innings considering the IPL is just a couple of months away. He said, “I have always believed in my process. I have been working on my game, my fitness. IPL is still far away, still, we have lot of cricket to be played. We have got the South Africa series, the T20 is there. Then we have the Asia Cup.”
He spoke about the fitness issue. ” I had a few niggles in my body. But thanks to NCA and BCCI they gave me ten days, I went there and I did pretty well," he said.
“My attitude is still the same, sometimes you need to groom yourself, in the last couple of months, I did not play for India but I became more matured. I became more solid,” Raina added.
India is currently struggling with 2-0 in South Africa. Raina backed the men in blue and said bowlers did well to pick up all 40 wickets.
“The way we played two Tests, you have to give credit to bowlers and Virat. We got almost 40 wickets. We almost won in Cape Town.
“The team has been doing well. Last couple of tours, whenever we have gone there, we drew the Test series there, MS was captain, I was there too. Team quality is amazing. Look at Pandya he batted so well. Virat scored a brilliant hundred, Bhuvi bowled a brilliant spell…so probably we will win next Test,” he said.