Suresh Raina’s comeback to the Indian side was probably the most talked about thing in the last couple of days, after India’s thumping win in the ODI series.
Raina last played for India during that home series in England and despite having performed decently well was left out of India’s limited over side post that England series.
Raina’s fitness and domestic form had become a huge concern and was the major hindrance between him and his comeback to the Indian squad.
Having cleared the Yo-Yo Test in December and then with a decent enough Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy, was drafted back into the T20 side for the South Africa series.
With India struggling to find that middle order batsman who can bowl a bit as well, Raina would be hoping to use this series as a way to cement his place in the Indian limited overs side(at the expense of Kedar Jadhav).
Raina was sent in at number 3 today, after Rohit departed, having nicked one to the keeper, trying to play that upper cut over the slip cordon.
With Raina sent in at 3, it seemed as if he was being sent in to spend some time in the middle. But the message was different from the Indian management, as Raina was going for it from ball one.
Bowlers all over the world know about Raina’s susceptibility to the short ball and hence was peppered with it right from the word go.
Raina though decided to shed the defensive approach and took the attack to the bowlers, hitting a few squats and pull shots to start off his innings.
Raina hit a wonderful six to Dan Patterson, backing away and hoicking him over the mid-wicket fence.
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India have lost Rohit and Raina, with both batsmen trying to play the short ball with some aggression.
Kohli and Dhawan though are marshalling along with ease and would be hoping to set South Africa a total in excess of 200.