Thu. Oct 1st, 2020
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Former India skipper Rahul Dravid spoke on Suresh Raina’s contribution in the direction of the Indian cricket crew within the limited-overs format and why the UP batsman was a particular crew participant after CSK stalwart referred to as it quits from worldwide cricket on Saturday.

Notably, Suresh Raina made his India debut below Rahul Dravid’s captaincy in 2005 on the age of 19, and the previous skipper referred to as him a whole ‘team-man’ who left every part on the cricket discipline.

“Suresh Raina actually was a kind of younger, thrilling abilities who was coming via the system in the course of the 2000s,” Dravid mentioned in a video shared by the BCCI on it is official Twitter deal with.

“Taking part in U-19 cricket and doing very properly. You can see even at the moment that Suresh was going to be a really, essential participant for India. And that’s actually the way it performed out within the final decade and a half,” Dravid added.

Raina represented India in additional than 300 internationals in a profession that spanned over 13 years and was an indispensable a part of MS Dhoni’s white-ball sides for a significant a part of his profession, profitable the 2011 ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy below him.

“A whole lot of the success that India has had in white-ball cricket; a number of the good reminiscences… Suresh has been part of them. I believe his contribution to Indian cricket, particularly within the white-ball recreation, has been unbelievable. He’s World Cup winner, he’s a Champions Trophy winner and simply the truth that he contributed a lot on the sphere… simply the vitality and the passion he introduced, the way in which he raised the usual of the fielding,” Dravid mentioned.

“One factor you all the time felt Suresh did was do all of the troublesome issues. Batting decrease down the order when actually his numbers may have been loads higher if he had batted larger up the order and that has been proven out within the success he has had for CSK within the IPL the place he bats at No 3 and has a completely phenomenal report.

“He is without doubt one of the phenomenal gamers of the IPL during the last decade or so. However for India, for probably the most half, he batted decrease down the order, fielded on the troublesome positions, bowled some very helpful overs and all the time introduced loads to the crew. Somebody, who I’d consider as a terrific team-man who all the time gave his finest and introduced some nice vitality to the sport and was a really, very skillful batter. Certainly, it’s by no means straightforward to be a part of a profitable crew. Every participant has to do his half and Raina all the time discovered a method to make a contribution.

Raina performed a vital position in India’s success within the white-ball recreation however his Check profession did not precisely go as per plan.

“I suppose he could not replicate the success of his debut hundred in his Check profession however be that as it could, his contribution to India in one-day cricket was unbelievable and he was a part of a really, very profitable Indian one-day crew during the last decade and a half,” Dravid concluded.



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