Suresh Raina, the dashing left hander, has been out of the action for a long time. He has not played much cricket since last year’s IPL as the left hander missed Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this year along with opting out of Uttar Pradesh’s squad for the ongoing Ranji Trophy. In a talk with the TOI the southpaw revealed that his body was not ready to play in the first-class after just recovering from the knee surgery.
“If I am able to do well in the IPL, I will be able to understand how I am shaping up. I have played enough to know what the situation demands. So my T20 World Cup hopes depend on my performance in the IPL,” said Raina in a talk with Times of India.
As the IPL 2020 is coming near with each day, the 33-year-old has come to Chennai for the training before the mega tournament. The Southpaw has been the back bone of Chennai Super Kings batting ever since his debut for the franchise. He has been the batting main stay for the franchise at No. 3 position.
Raina also talked about his chances of returning to the Indian side as Team India is also looking for a strong finisher down the order who can also contribute some overs of bowling.
“If I can make my knee strong and have a good IPL, then I know that I have another 2-3 years of cricket left in me. There are two back-to-back T20 World Cups. I have done well in T20 cricket,” quoted Raina.
Suresh Raina was also aware of the facts that, with Shreyas Iyer coming good and Manish Pandey also been given regular chances in the XI and Hardik is yet to return from the injury, it won’t be easy for the left hander to earn a call up from the national side.
“Definitely. But if I want to play, I need to perform. The IPL is the best platform to get into the team especially when you are talking about the T20 World Cup. Everyone knows what sort of a player I am,” Raina concluded.
Raina was also expecting a national call-up for the 2019 World Cup also. He was also given some chances in 2017 and 2018 but despite some good performances, he was dropped as India kept playing musical chairs for the no.4 slot in the eleven. He has played his last match for India in 2018 against England.