5 reasons why team India is missing Suresh Raina in Australia: Team India currently on a tour to Australia for 5-match ODI and 3-match T20Is are going through very tough time.
Having lost 3 out of the 5 ODIs they have already lost the series. Inspite of having scored 300+ runs in the first two games and 295 runs in the third, with one of the top order batsman knocking a century, they found it difficult to beat the opposition.
The bowling lacked the sting and failed to contain the Australian batters. Indian middle order failed to ‘step on the gas’ in the slog overs. Below par fielding, flooring catches, added fuel to the fire. It is in this scenario that Team India clearly missed the services of Suresh Raina, who has always been instrumental in India winning many games in the shorter format.
Five significant reasons why Raina is being missed:
- Raina – the finisher
Raina is rated as one of the best finishers in the limited over format. He is rated in the same level as Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He does not throw away his wicket but puts a price on it. Coming in at no.4 or 5, Raina does not just hold the lower middle order but also accelerates when needed. He brings that much needed impetus and more importantly can shift gears according to the situation of the games. At the same time Raina puts in his best effort to stay till the end of the innings and ensures a safe finish. Raina and Dhoni have enjoyed stitching partnerships in the past and their coordination in the middle has helped India in the past. With Raina in the middle order, Dhoni would have that extra cushion of taking a few more riskes and play his natural game.