Author: Abhishek Rajan
The Chennai Super Kings’ vice-captain Suresh Raina still has aspirations to play for India. The middle order batsman, who went under the knife last year to get rid of his knee injury, is now recovering and undergoing light training in Chennai.
Raina, who was one of the vital cogs in the Indian white ball batting line-up at one point in time, has now fallen out of favor and has not represented India in the last one and half years.
Raina is only 33 at this stage and he reckons he still has it in him to contribute with the bat for another couple of years.
However, the left-hander knows if he has to make an India comeback, he will have to do very well in the IPL.
“My T20 World Cup hopes depend on my performance in the IPL. 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.” Raina was quoted as saying by Times of India.
The Indian batsman didn’t have a great IPL for CSK last year as he didn’t look at his fluent best in most of the games. However, he still managed to score more than 350 games in 17 games with three half-centuries, batting at an overall strike rate of a little more than 120.
Raina could have had a bit of match practice by playing for his state side Uttar Pradesh in the ongoing Ranji Trophy, but he decided to skip it as he thought going into first class cricket straight after the surgery might not be ideal.
“The Ranji Trophy is on right now, but I felt I was not ready for first-class cricket yet. I would have been taking a lot of load on my knee.” Raina added.
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